imagine if the focus of treating mental illness was "how can we make you livable with yourself" rather than "how can you return to being a productive worker"
@dankwraith this is why I low key hate "mindfulness"
"Ok, so assuming a better world is impossible, what are you going to do differently?"
@unlofl @dankwraith Historically there have been times when an abbot would call upon warrior monks to assassinate a wicked leader, as it would reduce the suffering of the people and also reduce how low the leader would fall in their rebirth (as they're unable to generate more bad karma if already dead)
@dankwraith i always think of this in regards to 'recovery' vs 'management' as well. like capitalism wants you to recover entirely and be productive and have no symptoms whereas a kinder system would let us manage our mental health and episodes without falling into the cycle of feeling like we are wasting our lives because we're not well or useful enough.
@dankwraith this was 100% why my work therapy did not go well. They kept asking for "updates" on my "progress", because they envisaged a system where through 12 sessions I would be completely cured
@dankwraith no lie my first appointment with a therapist last week ended with her telling me to go take a personality test on the department of labor website. like the test you take in high school that's like, oh your top suggested career is flower arranger
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