Morality is the consideration of right and wrong human actions. In order for an event to be moral or immoral, it must be a chosen action. One would not consider a blizzard immoral because there is no human who caused it. Before classifying something as moral or immoral, one first has to determine if it is even a moral issue. There are three causes of events that make determining morality more clear: The Necessary, the Intentional, the Accidental.
Events that are Necessary happen regardless of and despite human choice. Necessary events include chemical, cosmological, subatomic, basically anything within the realm of Physics. The sun warming/heating the earth would be one example. One could not blame the sun for this occurrence. Given the nature of the sun as giving off heat, and its proximity to the earth, it had to be that the sun would warm the earth.
The Intentional are events that humans choose to happen. Making and acting on decisions are the purview of this cause. The Intentional always fall within the realm of morality because they are always chosen actions. Avoiding the heat of the sun is Intentional. One had to choose it in order to reap the positive consequences of cooling down.
The Accidental are actions that are performed by humans without full choice or knowledge of the repercussions of those actions. Forgetting, misjudged ability, lack of information are all causes of the Accidental. Depending on mitigating circumstances, the Accidental occupies a place between being fully amoral and partly Intentional. Leaving an animal out in the heat could result in its death, but not knowing there was an animal left outside in the heat is not intentional.
There are two underlying sources of depression: existential and physiological. An existential depression comes from the discrepancy between the way your life is and the way you would like it to be. The reason why this causes depression is because it denies you volition, your human nature to make choices.
A physiological depression is caused by an imbalance of body chemistry. You feel depressed because your body is not getting enough or not being receptive to the substances which allow you a feeling of well-being.
Sometimes it is the case that an existential depression is caused by a physiological depression. You may feel depressed that you do not have a lot of friends, which may be because you have social anxiety. It would behoove you to address the social anxiety in order to make more friends. This is just one example, not the only one though.
Other times, a physiological depression can be caused by an existential depression. The stress of losing a job could wreak havoc on your body chemistry and actually start affecting you physically.
Whether a depression was originally existential or physiological, after awhile it will become both. It is at this point that the depression catches hold in a vicious cycle. The point I am trying to make here is this:
The physiological is an undeniable part of depression.
Knowing this will give you the power to address it. You may be able to stop the depression at the source, or at least mitigate its effects on you. Either way, you deserve to feel better.
Everyone’s physiology is different, so there’s no one right answer for every person’s depression. But I’d be happy to help you find any nutrient deficiencies you may have. Or, if you want to take the initiative, here are a few nutrients good for overall well-being: Vitamin B12, tryptophan along with niacin, more fiber, less carbs. I recommend the website Livestrong.com. I’ve found all sorts of helpful items there.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. […] Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means — to declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal — would bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this court should resolutely set its face.
Justice Louis Brandeis, Dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928).
The world is going to hell and everyone’s watching cat videos.
John Kobylt, KFI News Radio
It is in the interest of every individual to exist in a society that recognizes the right to defend oneself in a fair trial.
The next time you say, “I have a right,” ask: “Who has the duty?” If there is anyone who has a duty to do anything except refrain from interfering with you, ask: “On what grounds do I claim a right to subordinate that person’s will to mine?”
Charles W. Baird
Professor of Economics Emeritus
California State University at East Bay