Where Does Change Come From?

April, 6, 2017 | 8 Comments


  1. Where might change come from in this modern world? I’d venture to suggest that change could come from increased belief in the spirituality, (not the same thing at all as religion) of every one of us. We wouldn’t be cheered by material aquisitions if we realised that they are not really and truly sustaining. What will change the modern world is less egoistic preoccupation with ourselves and more outgoing care for our fellow man. More engagement. More down-to-earth kindness! from the heart, less admiration for the god of intellectual brilliance. Music, when composed by Vaughan Williams (who described himself cheerfully as an optimistic agnostic) was uplifting to the soul. He didn’t profess to be religious, but he could carry one’s mind away to uplifting places, where day-to-day misery could be forgotten for a while. His music brought a sense of timelessness, eternity, just like waves rolling in on a beach as they have for centuries. They were there before us, they will be there after us. If we can believe that this life is but an episode in a myriad of lives, that each one gives us training for the next, and that we are always free to choose, then fear is not so overwhelming and mental illness, born of fear, recedes. In Jazz, it is said that it’s the gaps in the music that matter. Perhaps the gaps in our thinking, the going with the flow, is what matters today. We are free, we always have been, we just didn’t realise it.

  2. Special Rapporteur

    Where Does Change Come From?

    Vortex April 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    It is wonderful to learn that our position is represented, once again, on the highest international level.

    The second step should be international law amendments completely banning “compulsory treatment” (read: Inquisition-styled torture), with a pressure on all national goverments to ratify them – a kind of “revolution from above”. Without it, a “revolution from below” – a mass rebellion against the psychiatric authority – is inevitable, sooner or later.


    United Nations Statement Criticizes Medicalization of Depression on World Health Day

    “There is a need of a shift in investments in mental health, from focusing on ‘chemical imbalances’ to focusing on ‘power imbalances’ and inequalities”

    The excessive use of medications and other biomedical interventions, based on a reductive neurobiological paradigm causes more harm than good, undermines the right to health, and must be abandoned.”

  3. Dare I suggest that change might come from a reawakening of ‘a power for good’? It seems to me that we’ve gone from bad to worse steadily over time – therefore it may be a time to call a halt on all that seems so wrong in the world today. Let’s put out a cry for an end to the endless ‘me first’ attitude that we see so often in all the media as well as in our own communities. Wouldn’t it be a magical world if greed was banished – if sharing became the norm? Instead of the rich striving to be ever richer, we’d see them pour their wealth into worthwhile charities for the benefit of all. Rather than seeing the homeless and hopeless seemingly lost on our streets, we would see them rejoicing in their new found normality, their transformation shown in a downturn in the need for street drugs and legal highs. Instead of queues at A&E seeking care and comfort, we’d see ordinary folk rushing to support the vulnerable in their midst – the need for repeat prescriptions of ‘mental health support drugs’ would all but disappear. Instead of MPs and Assembly members becoming ‘turncoats’ we’d see the whole of Parliament and Assemblies working as one – all in the name of ‘the common good’. Impossible? Boring? DIFFERENT for sure. We may have been prevented from doing many things along our way – but we can still DREAM. NO-ONE, but no-one can put an end to our wishes whilst they remain our dreams. The problems only appear as we try to make them our goals!

  4. Enjoyed listening ..

    Give with the Left and ‘take’ with the Right ..


    Six people sitting on chairs, legs astride, generally underdressed, uncheerful, looking down at heel…

    this could be your doctors ‘daily waiting room’ .. ?

    GSK‏Verified account @GSK Apr 7

    Enjoyed listening & talking to our new CEO Emma at her broadcast to GSK employees around the world – looking forward to the next chapter.

    dodges a bullet-for now


    “former CEO Sir Andrew Witty liked to point out that he answered questions on the issue for his entire 10-year tenure at the helm.”

    looking forward to the next chapter ..

  5. Where Does ‘Change’ Come From..?

    “No one seemed to ask why these episodes only began after I had started taking the pills. As far as the doctors were concerned, I now had anxiety. I wanted to yell ‘This isn’t me’, but no one seemed to want to hear it.”

    Pamela assumed her doctor knew what he was doing ..

    like so many other innocent prescription pill addicts, she was horribly let down

    By Jo Waters For The Daily Mail
    Published: 22:02, 17 April 2017 | Updated: 08:00, 18 April 2017


    “So I continued on the pills — and my life slowly started to fall apart.

    Where might ‘change’ come from in this modern world .. ?


    “GSK has known for two decades that Paxil can cause people of all ages to commit suicide,” said a statement from attorneys Michael Baum, Brent Wisner and Dave Rapoport. “GSK not only hid the risk, but stuck its head in the sand and ignored countless suicides that occurred in its clinical trials.

    It claimed, and the jury agreed, that pain Dolin suffered in the days prior to his death were a dangerous side-effect of the drug, and caused his suicide.”


    “Plaintiffs, however, argued GSK had “played games” with data to get the result it desired, asserting the company had known “for a long, long time” of an increased risk of suicide from Paxil, and did not note that risk on its label, misleading physicians and patients in the process.”


  7. Before I came to GSK ..

    Real leadership and innovation starts by looking beyond the edge

    Published on April 20, 2017

    Paul-Peter Tak
    Senior Vice President R&D Pipeline, Global Development Leader


    “Patients are the ultimate client …

    I had to navigate treacherous paths not by focusing on what was directly in front of me but by looking at the edges.

    It’s about lateral thinking.

    engage with potentially disruptive possibilities

    Jibjab ..


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