Update 1st September

Posted: September 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

A donation today has pushed us to the 30 per cent mark and I’m very grateful – thank you so much! I’ve decided as well to pledge €500 towards this to bring us up to 78 per cent funded. For me this is the work of my heart and I’m glad to do it! I’ll update the widget to reflect that in a bit, once I’m able to earmark the money.

And thanks to those who have submitted – I don’t know who you are, but you do 🙂

The stigmatising culture continues to take advantage of our young and vulnerable – the tragic case of Moritz Erhard being a case in point. The 21-year-old intern worked punishingly long hours for weeks and end for a financial institution and died, it is suspected, of a seizure brought on by exhaustion. After that I read an article by project manager and novelist Fergus O’Connell, which suggests that overwork might be used by the grey Powers-That-Be to harness the energy of the young the way war used to in earlier generations.

That makes a good deal of sense to me. I can’t help but notice that World War One was the first time that mass mental pathology caused by the intolerable conditions of bombardment and trench warfare became an issue. And I can’t help wondering if stigma crept in the back door once mental illness really became a problem for the Power Elite (more dynastic and local, in my view, than political – but far more dangerous) or the vested commissariat of inactivity – the scarlet Majors at the Base who send the hapless young men up the line.

But these are just my thoughts. I’d like to read more stories about it 🙂

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