Random Thoughts Tuesday - Life Isn't Fair Edition

I love NPR. I feel smarter listening to it and they only hire people who have the most calming and relaxing voices. As opposed to some radio stations who hire some girl and her voice is like nails on a chalkboard and she's less mature than my teenage son (talking to you, JohnJay and Rich).
From NPR:
A new study shows there is one psychiatrist for every 400,000 people. It means that most people in India go untreated for substance abuse problems, severe depression and psychotic disorders. Or, at least, they're not treated by doctors.
Faith healers and temple doctors are by far the most socially acceptable way to try to cure mental illness in India. There's hardly any psychiatrists, and a mere 37 mental institutions, to serve the country's whole population of 1.2 billion. But even if there were more professionals, it might not matter. Psychiatrists compete not with each another, but with healers and gurus.
Note to self: India = full of untreated crazy people.
I have never really had the urge to go to India anyway, though if someone offered me a free trip-I wouldn't turn it down. Actually, there is not many places where I would turn away a free trip....other than obvious choices like a country at war (talking to you Iran/Iraq/Afghan/Pakistan) or places where I'm most likely going to just disappear (talking to you Somalia/North Korea). So if you happen to have a free ticket somewhere, and a free place to stay, and you just can't go - pass it on my way and I will send you some fabulous photos of my journey!

My sister has had her house on the market for a few years now. It hasn't sold. They owe more than they can sell it for so will take a loss regardless. But they had to move to California and so now they rent out their lovely home for less than the mortgage payment and they rent a place in California. They are military and have no option but to live in another state right now. Fair? Not really. Though I guess they could have rented a small little apartment to live in, but is it fair to have to sacrifice your quality of life because your job forces you to be in another state? No. Not really.

45% of the people of Tanzania do not have access to safe water. That's almost half the entire country. What?? Water is essential. You must have access to it.

I read online today that every 3.5 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. Sad. Nothing but sadness.

How can you follow that? You can't....so I'm out. Hope you all had a not-sad Tuesday.


  1. Brian Miller said...:

    wow. sad. but motivating to make a difference..

  1. carma said...:

    well now this is all really depressing. especially the last statistic :-(

  1. What's really sad about places like Tanzania is how easy it would be to give them access. Of course, they don't really have anything the West wants so we don't bother to help.

  1. Debbie said...:

    That is sad about the house not selling. We rented houses while we were in the military for that very reason.

  1. Heather said...:

    So sad about your sister's situation, although it seems to be an all too familiar of a situation through out the country. My daughter included, they owe more than the house is worth and haven't been able to sell it for 10 months now.


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