Just a Fun Fact-Filled Rant…

Over a 12-month period, 27 percent of adults in the U.S. will experience some sort of mental health disorder, making the U.S. the country with the highest prevalence. Mental health disorders include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and substance abuse. Over one’s entire lifetime, the average American has a 47.4 percent chance of having any kind of mental health disorder. Yes, that’s almost one in two. The projected lifetime prevalence is even higher: for people who reach age 75 it is 55 percent. Apparently defining success by how much money one makes and instilling the capitalist “virtues” of competition, greed, egoism, and wasteful, unchecked consumption of everything from french fries to TV doesn’t make for a happy life. 70% of Americans identify as Christians (25.4% being of the fundamentalist variety) so religion dosen’t seem to help matters.On a slightly related note, 74% of the world’s serial killers are Americans… On a less related note, today less than .3% of Americans identify as Deist, while the majority of the Founding Fathers embraced this version of Christianity or whose stated denomination was more formal but in reality Deist-influenced, where they believed in little or none of the miracles and supernaturalism inherent in the Judeo-Christian tradition – today a vast majority of Americans, nearly 80%, believe in miracles and 4 in 10 Americans believe God created the Earth and anatomically modern humans, less than 10,000 years ago. Is that really how backward our educational system is? Seems we embrace the worst aspects of religion while it fails us when it comes to psychological or substance abuse issues where it presumably should help…

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