I posted the above meme a while back on the FB page, which, needless to say, triggered a few of the more sensitive crowd. To note, the sensitives are generally miserable, still drink and use, and indulge in lavish excuses and justifications as to why they use, why it’s not their fault (of course) and why they have no choice. Right, sure, sign me up. Sensitives also despise when anyone challenges their delusional excuses. Sensitives are generally young, immature, clueless, progressive, and want everything for free (i.e. taken from others and given to them). They generally believe that nothing is their fault, everything is unjust, and all who disagree with them are evil. For all intents and purposes, they have been brainwashed.
Here is one by Kristie: “I disagree. I have seen many people turn to addiction especially uppers as a way to function when their depression is bad.”
And another by her cheerleader, Erin: “Bullshit!!! Depression does INDEED cause addiction!!!!”
Finally, you have Kimberly, who is very concise, thoughtful and eloquent with her thoughts: “BULLSHIT”
So Kristie says she has seen many people “turn” to addiction, especially [to] uppers as a way to function when their depression is bad. This is ridiculous on its face, but let’s get into it anyway for the purpose of illumination and because I need something to write about. If a person chooses to wallow in self-defeating and negative feelings such that they allow themselves to spiral into depression, choosing to then use drugs will obviously do nothing to help them “function,” nor will it alleviate the depression. Quite the opposite, in fact. Using drugs will not only exacerbate the depression but will undoubtedly impede the ability to function.
And then you have Erin who emphatically states that depression def causes addiction yo. Look, I get that facts trigger people nowadays, but this is simply a failure to understand the quote. The meme simply states the truth – that the use of drugs and alcohol will cause bio-chemical havoc in the brain that will effect one’s emotional state. On the other hand, feelings of depression do not, or rather cannot, actually cause or make a person use drugs or alcohol, or turn them into an addict. As well, emotional sickness can not be blamed for the choice to drink or use drugs over and over again like an indulgent pig to the point of physical dependence. Both depression and addiction are self-induced maladies – it’s just that only one can cause the other.
I feel like I want to beat my head against the wall – why is this so difficult to understand, and why is it so offensive? Why have we so forsaken personal responsibility, and at what cost?
There are many choices a person can make to alleviate their self-induced depression. Instead of allowing our fear, insecurity, self-hatred and negative, panicked thoughts to spiral into a full blown depression, we can choose not to, say, pathologically focus on ourselves to the point of utter paralysis. We can choose to stop obsessively focusing on our feelings, our identities and our lives, and instead focus outward, on others for instance, and for a change. We can go serve and help people. Or we just can get off of our lazy, pathetic asses and go exercise, or meditate, or pray, or clean the house, or um… get a job.
Depression is a luxury of the affluent and the snowflakes who do not work. Many cultures and even many right here in America do not even have the word depression in their vocabularies because they are too busy working 80 hours a week to get depressed. Trust me, if you go bust your ass all day and then come home to your spouse and children and dinner and homework and baths and bedtime and on and on, you won’t have any time to whine about your feelings and sit on the couch for hours while you spiral into a state of utter uselessness and desperately rub CBD oil all over your body.
The point is simply that depression itself does not compel anybody to pick up. Feelings of depression do not actually “make” a person do anything. That is a choice, and a selfish and cowardly one at that. The meme also states that it is the lack of productive, right, spiritual action that causes emotional sickness such as depression and not the other way around. Why is common sense and logic lost on so many? Our thinking today has been infected by so many ridiculous ideas and notions, such that we now sacrifice logic and sense and truth for the feelings, comfort, deviance and distortions of a few.