sit back and relax
Well, yes. This IS America.
(US Army attacks homeless veterans protesting in Washington, DC in 1932)
1960s Birmingham, Alabama
1970 attack on unarmed student protesters at Kent State University
Police action at peaceful UC Davis Occupy protest
Let’s not pretend like the police actions taken this week are anything new. It’s just the most recent manifestation of a problem America has had for a very long time.
Anxiety is not just worry. Sure worry is a part of it, but to say anxiety is made up of only worry would be to diminish the severity and complexity of our illness. Anxiety is pure terror, anxiety is paranoia, anxiety is panic attacks that can go on for weeks, anxiety is not being able to make a phone call, leave the house, or talk to people, anxiety is spending hours replaying conversations with people in your mind asking yourself why you’re so awkward and what you should have said or done instead, anxiety is losing hair and not having enough oxygen. Anxiety is hell. When you tell us that the Bible says not to worry it’s not only doing nothing helpful for us, it’s saying that our illness is a sin. It’s sending the message to other Christians who suffer from mental illness that they are sinners simply because of a sickness they can’t control having. It keeps a lot of people silent, unable to get help, struggling on their own. Mental illness can be a terminal illness if it’s left untreated. So please, if someone tells you they have anxiety or depression or OCD or PTSD or any kind of mental health issue don’t quote scripture to them and tell them to just stop. Let them know that you’re there for them. Ask them if it’s okay if you pray for them. Tell them that they can come talk to you, that even if you can’t sympathize you can try to empathize. My mental illness is not a sin, so don’t treat it like one.
“Split the party and look for clues.”
“Are you insane? Stick together and look for something to kill. Or loot. Or both.”
“It’s probably nothing out of the rational.”
“BUT WHAT IF IT’S ALIEN WEREWOLVES?”
“Shut up for once, Mulder. It was alien werewolves last time.”
And that would be great, if Scooby Doo was a cartoon about kids fighting monsters. But despite appearances to the contrary, it’s not.
Scooby-Doo is a cartoon about kids looking for truth.
Because that’s the thing about Scooby-Doo: The bad guys in every episode aren’t monsters, they’re liars.
I can’t imagine how scandalized those critics who were relieved to have something that was mild enough to not excite their kids would’ve been if they’d stopped for a second and realized what was actually going on. The very first rule of Scooby-Doo, the single premise that sits at the heart of their adventures, is that the world is full of grown-ups who lie to kids, and that it’s up to those kids to figure out what those lies are and call them on it, even if there are other adults who believe those lies with every fiber of their being. And the way that you win isn’t through supernatural powers, or even through fighting. The way that you win is by doing the most dangerous thing that any person being lied to by someone in power can do: You think.