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Overmedication, loud music lead many Americans astray

Published: Fri, June 6, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Overmedication, loud music lead many Americans astray

So it goes ... as the world turns. Our older citizens have noticed a change in people. Today’s society seems to be not at peace with itself. At the present, all signs show unrest. We just can’t manage to find calm in today’s world.

There has been a large shift in our social habits over time. In the past, we had surrounded ourselves with positive elements: Love, happiness, caring for others, and, most importantly, believing in God. These are now few and far between. You may have to go to Shangri-La to find them.

Today’s answer to stress is to overmedicate ourselves. That involves tranquilizing our emotions. It was a practice in the 1950s in mental institutions and homes for the elderly. If a person was a problem for society, they just deadened the emotions in the brain. We have now replaced loving emotions with chemicals to bring peace and relief to ourselves.

We have, over a period of time, exposed ourselves to less quality in our leisure entertainment. We are now at a low ebb in our music industry. Simply ask any arts professor at a university or conservatory. They will agree to that statement. Music of the past produced happiness and joy. It contained a need to treat people with love and respect, which was written in the lyrics. Funny as it may seem, country & western music — that tells a story of a person losing everything from a wife, house, truck, or dog — tells us in a positive way why we should not follow that example. Quality and vocal ability were taught to singers and practiced to perfection. Believe me, it is not present today. Today’s performers believe that they must sing loud to be better; profanity now proves a point or a statement; and the beating of a drum is supposed to touch your emotions. Yes, it certainly can as the beat goes on and on, and on. We have succumbed to inferior entertainment with a steady diet of negativity and the seedy side of life.

Our natural instincts should seek peace, love and happiness.

Paul. D. Lawson, McDonald


1lajoci(596 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Wait! What?

Umm, Phil, the problem is loud music and tranquilizers?

Am I back in high school in 1967 listening to my parents/grandparents moaning/groaning about the Beatles/Stones/Iron Butterfly/LZ all over again?

Help! I'm caught in a time warp! (There's the real horror!)

(Is this the best the Vindy can find to publish?)

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2concerned(193 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Why does someone have to be belittled for their beliefs? I think Paul (not Phil) is spot on with his view on medications role in today's societal woes. He is absolutely right as to how people are now encouraged to deaden their emotions and feelings with a slew of tranquilizers and /or anti-depressants. We are a pill-popping society. That is really not a unheard of revelation.

Paul maybe from an older generation who can see changes and influences in our culture such as music.

I respect his opinion. I wish people would exercise more repsect and kindness towards other people's opinions. We have become such an uncivil nasty society.

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3lajoci(596 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Too bad, Concerned.

I don't see anything in my response that belittled Phil (uh . . . er . . . Paul) personally. Other than messing up his name.

For one thing, I don't know Phil, personally, so I'm not sure what weight a personal attack might have carried.

I respect a person's right to have an opinion, maybe even to express that opinion. But I don't think the opinion itself is in any way, shape, or form sacrosanct. You put it out there, in this open forum (of sorts) and folks like me react how they will.

To me, much of what Paul wrote was just plain silly. Does that make him a silly person? I don't know. Maybe it makes me silly to think that anyone even cares what I think.

But there it is, none-the-less.

Much of what Paul wrote reminded me of what the ancient ones used to say back when I was in high school. It wasn't uncommon then, and it's not now -- the time-honored tradition of oldsters hankering for the good ole days goes all the way back to Socrates, and, I'm guessing, even further.

Sorry, Paul, if I offended you personally; it was your insipid, uninspiring, unoriginally shallow opinion I was aiming at.

I'll try better next time.

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