"What we call 'normal' is a product of repression, denial, splitting, projection, introjection and other forms of destructive action on experience. It is radically estranged from the structure of being. The more one sees this, the more senseless it is to continue with generalized descriptions of supposedly specifically schizoid, schizophrenic, hysterical 'mechanisms.' There are forms of alienation that are relatively strange to statistically 'normal' forms of alienation. The 'normally' alienated person, by reason of the fact that he acts more or less like everyone else, is taken to be sane. Other forms of alienation that are out of step with the prevailing state of alienation are those that are labeled by the 'formal' majority as bad or mad." 

R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience

lørdag den 1. august 2009

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Little Bottles

Little bottles in the cabinet,
little bottles full of chemicals,
little bottles from the doctor,
little bottles for your head.

There's a green pill,
and a pink pill,
and a blue pill,
and a yellow pill,
and they're all made out of chemicals,
and they make you feel good.

There's Zyprexa,
and there's Prozac,
and Ritalin, and Lithium,
and Xanax, and Risperdal,
and the MAOIs.

They're for depression,
and bipolar,
and anxiety, and schizophrenia,
and for panic, and smoking,
and PTSD.

There's a green pill,

But the people who take them
often get all sorts of funny side effects,
like twitching, and waking,
and some things that are worse.
Like loss of feelings,
and loss of passion,
loss of focus, and overaction,
and addiction, and heart disease,
and sometimes suicide.

There's a green pill

Yet the shrinks all recommend them
with a thousand dollar consultations.
But you should trust them,
because after all half the shrinks take them too.
Numb the symptoms,
ditch the therapy,
support the pharmaceutical industry,
deny the traumas that cause the misery,
and pass them all on to your kids.

There's a green pill

Musik: Little Boxes af Malvina Reynolds, Lyrics: Daniel Mackler.

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