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Posts Tagged ‘Depression’

Chris Benoit – another victim of a gender role?

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on June 28, 2007


Chris BenoitFAYETTEVILLE, Georgia (CNN) — The discovery of anabolic steroids in pro-wrestler Chris Benoit’s home has raised speculation that the performance-enhancing drugs may be linked to his death and the killings of his wife and young son.The 40-year-old champion strangled his wife, Nancy Benoit, and suffocated his 7-year-old son Daniel, authorities said, before he hanged himself on a portable weight machine inside his lavish home outside Atlanta. Police have said no motive has been determined. More…


Men are rewarded for being cool, calm and collected, strong, silent and superior. We build our image of what it means to be a man on those attributes. We cheer athletes for their successes and berate them for their failures, and when they no longer appeal to us with their IMAGE we leave them crushed beneath our feet.So is it any surprise if those same athletes will do just about anything to stay on top?I am not joining the choir singing the roid-rage song about Chris Benoit. I didn’t know him, so I couldn’t say. But IF, then who is at least partially responsible for his and half his family’s death? We are. For accepting a male gender role that put Chris and so many other male athletes in a catch 22 position. For demanding that male athletes be more than they are to satisfy our needs for spectacles.When the breaking point is reached – will we be there to support and encourage? No. That is one reason men so often loose the battle with their inner demons – they are taught to be the supporters not the supported – and somehow I doubt Chris Benoit was any different from other men. To me Chris Benoit is another tragic victim of an oppressive male gender role, that in the end didn’t just take Chris’ Life, but that of his wife and son.

Where will it stop?

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Meaning of DEPRESSION

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on May 18, 2006


  1. [n] pushing down; “depression of the space bar on the typewriter
  2. [n] sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
  3. [n] a sunken or depressed geological formation
  4. [n] a time period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment
  5. [n] angular distance below the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
  6. [n] a concavity in a surface produced by pressing; “he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud
  7. [n] a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention
  8. [n] a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
  9. [n] a longterm economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment
  10. [n] an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation; “a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow

Interesting – 10 different definitions of the word DEPRESSION – covering 3 areas of Human Existence – the physical, the social and the emotional. Imagine that we had no word for all those definitions – I wonder if the Entity DEPRESSION would cease to exist if there were no definition for it?
It’s kind of like the question: If a tree falls in the woods and there is no-one there to hear or see it fall, has it actually fallen? Would People stop being Depressed if there were no definitions for DEPRESSION? Is it the definitions that have created the Entity? If that is the case I vote that we erase all Dictionary entries covering any of these definitions. Yes, that is definitely an area where I would advocate the strongest censorship possible. Depression is the very negation of Life. It should be abolished immidiately as something both invasive and evasive. I wonder if we could get the UN to add an article to the UDHR: Article 31: “All men, women, children and non-humans have the right to live life without being bogged down by or in any of the definitions of DEPRESSION put forward in any dictionary.

Now, that would be an UDHR article everyone could agree to, wouldn’t it?

Shalom!

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