.Neoliberalism is creating loneliness. That’s what’s wrenching society apart
Epidemics of mental illness are crushing the minds and bodies of millions. It’s time to ask where we are heading and why.
What greater indictment of a system could there be than an epidemic of mental illness? Yet plagues of anxiety, stress, depression, social phobia, eating disorders, self-harm and loneliness now strike people down all over the world
. The latest, catastrophic figures for children’s mental health
in England reflect a global crisis.
There are plenty of secondary reasons for this distress, but it seems to me that the underlying cause is everywhere the same: human beings, the ultrasocial mammals, whose brains are wired to respond to other people, are being peeled apart. Economic and technological change play a major role, but so does ideology. Though our wellbeing is inextricably linked to the lives of others, everywhere we are told that we will prosper through competitive self-interest and extreme individualism
Of all the fantasies human beings entertain, the idea that we can go it alone is the most absurd and perhaps the most dangerous. We stand together or we fall apart.Full article
Epidemics of mental illness are crushing the minds and bodies of millions. It’s time to ask where we are heading and why