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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sometimes we all feel anxious. Sometimes lonely or disconnected. Sometimes unhappy, and maybe even a little crazy. You know what might fix all of this?

Would you believe me if I said ... a war?

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The positive effects of war on mental health were first noticed by the great sociologist Emile Durkheim, who found that when European countries went to war, suicide rates dropped. Psychiatric wards in Paris were strangely empty during both world wars, and that remained true even as the German army rolled into the city in 1940. Researchers documented a similar phenomenon during civil wars in Spain, Algeria, Lebanon, and Northern Ireland. An Irish psychologist named H. A. Lyons found that suicide rates in Belfast dropped 50 percent during the riots of 1969 and 1970, and homicide and other violent crimes also went down. Depression rates for both men and women declined abruptly during that period, with men experiencing the most extreme drop in the most violent districts. County Derry, on the other hand -- which suffered almost no violence at all -- saw male depression rates rise rather than fall.

Hold on a second before you send me that angry email. I'm not really suggesting war as a solution to any of our emotional ills. God forbid.

But, that said: what the heck is going on here? Wars are supposed to be bad, right?

Why are people feeling less depressed, less crazy, less violent and less suicidal when something we can all agree is horrible and life threatening is happening around them?

Because war and natural disasters force people to unite together. To help others. To act as a community.

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I guess I really should have voted for Hillary.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-29 09:11 PM | Reply

Right, it is so much better to surrender to Russia than stand up to them.
Trump only wants to fight the weak (like his ex-wife), he does the bidding of his banker (Putin).

#2 | Posted by bored at 2017-11-29 09:31 PM | Reply

#2 Yeah, that's a pretty insane thing to say.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-29 09:44 PM | Reply

good lord.
i thought it was going say to volunteer for good christian causes.

#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-30 02:00 AM | Reply

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