Rants and reactions to contemporary politics, art and culture.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Suicidal Ideation and Other Thoughts
photo of North Pole (NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory)
What if you get suicidal thoughts without taking CHANTIX?
The advertisements for the drug always warn about possible side effects
including such ideations, but the problem is, if you are entertaining such dark
notions and there is nothing to come off of which will bring you back to your
normally optimistic state, then you've definitely got a real problem. It’s
actually comforting and nice to know that there's a cause for the kind of hopeless
feelings that make you want to jump off a cliff. Other things that may create suicidal thoughts are the choice of candidates in the current election,
the state of your marriage or relationship, the state of your career or bank account, dismissive treatment even from people who you feel are beneath you and the possibility that Kim Jong-un could invent an ICBM
with the capability of delivering warheads to targets in the United States--or
arm ISIS with such weapons. Predictions about the melting of the North Pole
and the consequent global effects on el Nino and the Gulf Stream may also make
you want to put an end to it all. But after all these problems are solved, you're still not taking Chantix and you still are suffering from bad thoughts then you have come up against the kind of brick wall that may actually
make you want to take your own life.
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.