Today we are hit with a pandemic of anxiety and depression especially in the west. We call ourselves advanced and developed and yet our inner peace and wellness is suffering to the extent that 1 in 10 Americans are now taking anti-depressants, Iceland and across Europe is more or less the same. Why is it that society is not decreasing in depression and anxiety but rather increasing at alarming rates? Why is it that we are so unhappy that we are looking for chemicals to take in order to balance our bodies and minds. Can these drugs offer long-term benefits and what happens when these chemicals pass through our bodies, they then go into our water systems and then recycle back to us through our drinking water? We are quite literally consuming a concoction of chemicals that have only been in existence as they are for a very short amount of time; we have no idea of the long-term consequences for humans and other living creatures.
There have been studies published to suggest that we are seriously causing damage to the marine world through synthetic hormones. The study looked at male fish in ponds and found that the oestrogen from the birth control pill had feminized the male fish, affecting their reproductive systems. A place where you would least expect synthetic chemicals to get to is the Antarctic and even there, scientists have found traces of synthetic chemicals. The reasons these fish have traces of chemicals in their bodies is obviously due to the winds, rain and other factors but more importantly it demonstrates that the actions of humans are causes which is leading to this effect on the environment. The next question is do we carry on and what are the consequences if we continue in the same fashion of continuous increases of synthetic chemicals.
If we are to look at depression and anxiety more closely, can we say that this is caused by causes within the environment that has lead to pandemic amounts of unhappy humans? Just like the physical movement of synthetic chemicals that moves around the planet through various causes that have made it favourable to move. If there was one individual with depression then we can safely say that one individual needs help with changing their thought patterns but the trend is somewhat different. Do synthetic drugs have a part in the bigger picture?
I believe meditation and learning mindfulness has the ability to transform our minds, making us more at peace with ourselves and the environment around us. When our minds are at peace, our surroundings reflect our state of mind. Just like a dark room, you don’t add more darkness to lighten up a room; only light can bring a room out of its darkness.