Happy Birthday Satan

31 10 2011

Today, according to the UN, citizen of earth seven billionth will be born. Fortunately they have foregone the stupidity of selecting a random child for publicity before abandoning it to whatever the hell happens. Ungrateful little tykes. This is an auspicious occasion which shows how far we’ve come in such a short space of time.

Of course if you listen to/read/watch the various news reports this auspicious occasion will be the beginning of the end of the world.

Oh yes, this year something akin to Damien shalt be delivered unto this world which means we should probably be looking for the number of the beast marked somewhere inconspicuous on a child. This, of course, assumes that the powers of evil haven’t watched a few films and figured out that this sorta gives the game away and decides to skip the marking in favour of something a little more advanced… like a Facebook page.

So why all the doom and gloom prophecy making? Because it’s actually very possible that the exponential population growth will continue unabated and whilst some sectors would like to believe that this is scaremongering, resources are limited, and will reach critical mass probably before the poles melt.

The date of doom and gloom? Again, according to the soothsayers at the UN, it’s going to be 2050 when we reach this level of population but then they have been known to be very wrong before so look at that date as being optimistic if you’re looking for not the end of human kind as we know it. Of course if you’re hoping for the end sooner rather than later then get your pom poms out because it’s likely to be sooner.

How are we going to know the end is nigh? Is it the start of The Rapture (be sure to capitalise the words in order to give it the proper level of gravitas)? Not quite, but hey, you keep hold of whatever makes you feel comfortable.

What will happen is that a global economic crisis will ensue. I know, I know, we’re already in a global economic crisis, but the one that’s coming will make this look like the tremors preceding an earthquake. Why? It’s simple economics really. As western consumerism drives prices to be low because ‘You need this in your life!’ then manufacturing is outsourced to cheaper markets such as China in order to reduce cost in order to retain profit margins. As a result these markets become richer which means that consumer power shifts away from traditional markets which means lower revenue in those markets. What this means is that you’re quite possibly going to get poorer, assuming you live in one of those traditional markets such as the US or Western Europe.

I know what you’re thinking, where the hell am I going with this? How on this mostly harmless blue green planet am I going to convert this into something about mental health?

Well, as the population expands, so will the number of people with a mental health disorder and various other things including the number of people committing suicide. At least in theory. Why in theory? Because we’re starting to see a movement, and I’m not talking about something the use of laxatives.

If you haven’t noticed, things are changing within the world of the mental health thanks to a grass roots movement that has found power through one of my favourite inventions; the internet.

Thanks to organisations such as Mind, Rethink, Time To Change, and SANE, with less official yet no less important places such as The Hardest Hit and Broken of Britain, huge inroads have been made. However, it also comes from the various voices to be found on Twitter and the galaxy of blogs such as This Week In Mentalists. They all show what people are crying out for, where things should be going, and it’s certainly having an impact.

So, it may take a little time but in the past few years things have changed and they will continue to change in the years to come. I know I come across as having no hope but then we’re all guilty of doing that from time to time. Just try to bear in mind that things will get better, we will know more, things will happen to improve life for us and those who will follow us.

Yes, the next forty years look like providing humanity with some real struggles to ensure survival, but mental health looks like diminishing as one of them. Keep up the good work and keep the faith

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3 11 2011
Rachael Black

I used this line as a note to a friend ‘Happy Satanic Christmas’ lol.
Good luck Null.
xoxo
~R

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