I don’t know who “Big Pharma” is, but he sounds like a real piece of work.
The premise of this article is that as a culture we’re moving more and more towards homogeneity and medicating where we shouldn’t. The basic conclusion is that “we’re all fine here now, thank you,” and “the drugs don’t work”.
With an assist from an overly ambitious psychiatry, all human difference is being transmuted into chemical imbalance meant to be treated with a handy pill. Turning difference into illness was among the great strokes of marketing genius accomplished in our time.
All the great characters in myths, novels, and plays have endured the test of time precisely because they drift so colorfully away from the mean. Do we really want to put Oedipus on the couch, give Hamlet a quick course of behavior therapy, start Lear on antipsychotics?
All well and good, but:
Oedipus: poked his own eyes out, died in obscurity.
Hamlet: stabbed to death with poisoned sword.
Lear: died of a broken heart, most of his associates also copped it.
I’m not trying to be reductive, but these are terrible, terrible role models. Seems more to me like this whole article is a sensationalized jab at everyone’s favorite boogeyman: pharmaceutical companies. Which is a pretty cheap hit.
Maybe medicating everyone isn’t the answer. Putting your fingers in your ears and proclaiming that, “la, la, la, we’re mostly normal anyway” isn’t it either.
We do live in a sick society. Big Pharma isn’t the problem here, it’s a symptom.
Published on May 18th, 2013