Went to first Mad Pride book launch…

… Two authors launched their books today:- Tomasz and Sarafin .

The thing that almost floored me was the transition they did, as I did, to being (heard the word ‘agnostic’ also being bandied about) “sorta atheist”.

Once you’ve been sway to the power of the mind, and what magical thinking can do, you can see where things fall flat in terms of believing in God, and the line between critical thinking, and how ideology of that sort is where thinking tends to… stop. It occurs to me I had a more succinct, eloquent way of putting that on the bike ride home, but I didn’t pause to commit it to paper. I’ll edit this when words aren’t failing me…?

Don’t get me wrong. I write fantastical fiction, speculative fiction, and I appreciate folklore and religion; one of my fave books is still Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet.  It’s just, as Sarafin said: religion’s more something you appreciate at a distance and don’t take seriously. (I don’t take it at all; I think it’s a system of control)

Tomasz’s reading from his memoir was powerful and elicited responses. One person was outraged at what he had to go through, and said so.

Sarafin’s reading had laughs. She uses humour; it is a graphic novel, after all. But I was personally left with the heavier reading of the two. Most likely because I’m having a heavy sort of week; I may expand on that later.

Oh; and the link to Mad Pride. http://www.madprideto.com/

And now, to kill pixels. Off to game.

Ron Bassman, Ph.D – Schizophrenia patient

From Ron Bassman – Overcoming the Impossible: My Journey Through Schizophrenia

Another study conducted by the United Nations through the World Health Organization found that people diagnosed with schizophrenia in Third World countries have higher rates of recovery than those who live in First World nations. Why is this? The thinking has been that families in underdeveloped  countries need each member to be productive. Therefore, there may be greater  tolerance for people who look and act differently. These people are necessary to  their families and community. They have value.