I was thinking Monday (after revisiting my pillow for a while) “What would people find really useful – compelling – conversation on a Tuesday morning?
I kept staring at the headlines about the Shill and Comey staging in Washington when it hit me like a ton of bricks!
How to survive in an Insane Asylum!!!
Yes, a visit to our Comments section pretty-well made the decision for me: Seems like everyone today is fairly NUTS. Unable to get anyone to agree anymore, everyone has been reduced to what I think of as verbal flagellation.
The “Art of the Argument” is nowhere to be found. If you’re old enough, you may have seen it on display eons ago.
A person would assert something untrue, and then a critic would ask questions and a kind of civil discourse would take place…and eventually the critic would – thanks to a participating claimant – be able to lead them on the path to their side of the argument.
That’s not how it works today.
The typical exchange goes more like this:
“I support the President,” says person #1.
“F**k you,” responds person #2.
And that’s the end of it. Done, finis, over, kaput as we all flip on to the next page.
Not the kind of world you want to live in? I mean really, who would? But to quote some Millennial BS that swirls about the ‘trons “It is what it is…”
There is a way to solve this Asylum-like problem, but not everyone like our Ex-Pat friends down in Ecuador has the gumption to get while the getting is good. Helps to have m ade a fair bit of dough and socked most of it away, too.
For those of us remaining, we can use training on how to survive other personally challenging events.
WikiHow, for example has a great article here explaining “How to Survive Being in a Mental Hospital.”
The first rule offered is to avoid conflict.
While this might be easily done in a mental institution, it’s a lot more difficult when the news channels in America are all running the same soap opera day-after-day-after-day. Still, I’ve come around to thinking that there’s no point of me trying to explain anything to my kids and while Elaine and I see eye to eye (as do the people we know) for the most part, avoiding conflict has come down to avoiding people. We’ve made an art of it.
The second strategy the article puts forth is making friends.
Friends are nice, don’t get me wrong, but they do take time and I’m surprised anyone in the electronic world has any.
Oh sure, a “friend” is like a “Like” on FB, but real friends? I’ve got less than a dozen and that’s after 68 years.
Third idea is to establish healthy boundaries, but in today’s world, we can’t even figure out who’s to use which restroom.
For me, it comes down to “avoid people, avoid problems” and when you need something, just pay for the best you can find – like in healthcare.
The next survival method involves “Complying with Treatment.”
Sounds good, doesn’t it? While that might work in a mental institution, though, our here in the Real World – where lying is as common and fluoridated water – who has announced a real “course of treatment” for America?
Sure, Trump has given it some effort, but turns out that the republicans in CONgress are a terrible bunch of spoil-sport, egotistical, self-aggrandizing bozos who seem mainly intent on making a bundle and getting out.
Trump’s approval rating has fallen to 37% but even before they muck up anything else, CONgress is sitting on a 19% approval rating,, so sayeth the Gallup folks.
Besides “taking our medicine” – which no one is prescribing exactly, the next thing to do is “participate in therapy sessions.” Which, in real life in a country more than half-crazy, comes down to nothing more than the charade of voting. Hard to elect common sense when the last load of common sense left America in 1989, or so.
Next is the edict to “Follow the Rules.” Works in a mental health unit, probably, but it is virtually impossible “out here.”
We have so freaking-many “laws” that it’s virtually impossible to go through Life without breaking several laws per day. LifeHacker did an article on just one of them: Copyright infringement.
To make it even more fun, the inmates of the Real Asylum proclaim their power, hold nuclear weapons, and make up more new rules every day.
The third method to cope in the WikiHow article is to “Make the most of your Time.”
Like while stuck in traffic?
The WikiHow article suggests exercise, catching up on reading, and learning a new skill.
No, they didn’t mention the high value of lock-picking, but that’s an interesting one to try…
When all is said and done, any time you have more than three people, one of them will decide to “be in charge.”
So the next model to consider should be “How to Survive in Prison” since maybe that’s a closer analogy to where America is right now.
Next WikiHow article to study was “How to Survive in a Federal Prison…” which, come to think of it, very nicely derscribes America today.
The short shrift of it is:
1.Don’t trust anyone. …
2.Hide your emotions. …
3.Make use of your cellmates. …
4.Choose your words carefully. …
5.Always be polite and respectful to guards and other prison employees. …
6.Don’t stare at the other prisoners. …
7.Don’t be a snitch. …
8.Don’t ask the staff to solve your problems.
How does this apply when a whole country is crazy?
We find that not trusting others until some mutual respect is discovered is a good policy wherever you are.
Ditto hiding emotions. Sure, I sound like a pro-Trump guy (he did win, remember) but in the end whoever sits in the Oval has little to do with life out here in the woods.
Making use of your cellmates could re retooled as “make use of fellow citizens.” That feels OK.
Choosing words carefully works inside or out.
In terms of being polite and respectful, the easiest way to avoid things like police encounters is not to do anything to draw attention to yourself.
There… I’m feeling better already.
The term “Prison Planet” seems to be pretty close to real. And when the inmates are in charge (and set up shop in Washington), it’s taken as poor form to stare at other prisoners like those foreigners who the last set of inmates brought in.
Rule #8 ends the list on a depressing note: Don’t expect the inmates to change how they run things.
As the Trump Presidency unfolds, it will become even more clear than it is today, that yes, this is an asylum and even a well-meaning real estate developer is not likely to solve the problems which we have so deftly allowed to be “institutionalized.”
How long have we been “fighting poverty?”
How long have we been “seeking peace?”
A deeper study of how to survive in a mental institution or 50-state jail could be some of your better time spent.
Write when you get rich,