People living with mental illness are too alone. Bloggers are always quitting, we can’t get a foothold, no momentum in the social justice movement, misrepresented by the msm, stigmatized in popular culture, and self-obsessed with our moods meds issues diagnoses jargon labels.
We can’t even have decent infightings, unless you consider debating pro-suicide vs. no-suicide discussion, which I find bizarre. Seriously, stop that blog, I wanna get off. These identity politics, I don’t want to give myself over to a cause, but without some cohesion, and unified message, people quit. Cyberspace is filled with more dead mental health blogs than any other topic I’ve seen.
Gianna talks about her decision to go on after having a good cry. I made that decision myself yesterday, after a gloomy week in Texas politics, the darkest day in the House this session. Seven hours of spirited debate and then the vote and then dead silence as you hear the hearts drop. I was settling into despair, welcoming it even, then I saw this youtube at the Burnt Orange Report. It released all that pent up defeat and made me want to go on. Bless the artists, the work they do is work:
The Zimmers “My Generation”
You may ask what on earth this has to do with struggles met by the mentally ill. It boils down to this: we face the same obstacles. When thinking of all the people who confront the same obstacles as me I feel less alone, and that I can confront obstacles. Empathizing with other marginalized groups opens me up to more disappointment, but I share in the victories too.
Getting others to see why I’m part of their struggle is not so simple, but that’s what coalition-building is for. Back to identity politics, warts and all. All I know is to look for common ground, and find we’re standing on it. Who are we?
“While there is a lower class I am in it; while there is a criminal element I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” Eugene Debs
There is a context for that video, and reason it’s turning up on Texas blogs these days, but I’m fried to a crisp on the legislature and don’t have the heart for it right now. For those interested, here’s some backstory.
And for the really interested, best floor speeches by the fighting Dems.