Not too many years ago, I saw politics through the lens of elections and their outcomes. I did what I could to support progressive candidates and policies; after all, it’s elected officials who set the rules – to a large extent – and who lead the way in making our communities safer, healthier, more prosperous.
And then, anxiety and depression knocked me completely out of that mode. Thankfully, I got connected with the health care I needed for that – literally in the same week covid shut the country down in 2020. For me, everything closing down was a blessing.
politics for the anxious, depressed, and other mentally unhealthy citizens who believe in democracy
September 27, 2022
Novelist and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn departed this life in 1998, but she articulated a message that I think is important for us to hear.
She wrote, “People often say, with pride, ‘I’m not interested in politics.’ They might as well say, ‘I’m not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future or any future.'”
Gelhorn added, “If we mean to keep control over our world and lives, we must be interested in politics.”