I’ve seen first hand in my family and in my wife’s family how mental illness destroys marriages, upends livelihoods and infects children as if it were a generational contagion.
It’s not something that responsible people would treat flippantly, and yet our rulers knew the panic they fomented over the Wuhan virus would generate an unprecedented crisis for those with or susceptible to mental illness.
Help lines around the country have seen as much as a 900% increase in calls, resulting in busy signals for those in the most danger. Suicide, spousal abuse, severe child abuse and drug and alcohol abuse have jumped dramatically in the last month and will likely get much worse as foreclosures, repossessions and evictions begin.
Of course, therapists and counselors’ offices are closed.
At least 30 million people are unemployed now and their stimulus checks will replace only a fraction of their lost earnings. Given that most households have just $400 on hand, how will they buy food or pay their water and electric bills next month? Where will they find new jobs with most businesses shut down? How will they get the unemployment benefits they’ve paid for given that unemployment offices are closed and/or their websites are offline due to the unprecedented volume?
This completely avoidable crisis demonstrates that neither our rulers nor their cheering disciples among our families, friends and neighbors care about our welfare. See the quote below for a rather typical response when contrarians dare to ask about the pain and suffering for families that results from this panic:
It’s amazing how many people would rather serve the golden calf of Wall Street than protect the common good and save the lives of the vulnerable. The latter being, of course, the traditional Christian approach. -Spencer Mead