Emo Dojo™ Presents: John Emotions
Emo Dojo™ Presents: John Emotions

Episode · 4 years ago

Imbalance? Define "balanced."

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Lots of American footballers took a knee this weekend to protest the racist police state. The racist president made it worse, as usual. John Emotions riffs on the importance of protest, even to disabled people. 

Has anyone ever snitched on your bipolar to others? Have you ever been disloyal to a loved one and shared their private medical condition? John talks about the importance of being a good ally to bipolar people. You don't kick sick loved ones while they're down. What's the matter with people?

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Go back to by POLASTA. This is johnny motions happen o have ohere, thanks for downloading the podcast and having to listen today,we're talking about a couple of interesting things that have kind ofcome across in the past a a few days since the last podcast. The first thingwe'll talk about is outing, a loved one, meaning telling other people that yourloved one has bi polar and we'll also talk about the Takan te weekend and theidea of how people with disabilities can also protest. So thatwo'LD be kindof NEAT. But first let me think our our top leaders on the leader board. Again,if you go to bipolar stylecom Slah Leader Board, you'll, see the peoplewho ave been the most helpful in spreading our message, and weappreciate that our Messageis...

...effectively get together in person soover the over the time. You'll start to see the EMO, Jo logo on tshirts andrecognize other bipolar people and their loved ones, and I also encourageeverybody to find a local dbsa chapter and maybe share there in person as well.If you want to be more anonymous and you'd like to share your story throughthis podcast by all means hit me up email me, I love to hear from you. Youcan also follow me on twitter and direct message me. I usually followeverybody back and we can communicate that way. So all is good. I hope you'vebeen well in the past few days times Ar trippy these days. You know thepolitical atmospheres, wild hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, it's a mess,it's just like all the televangelest preachers used to predict,and you know honestly, it's not that bad, but I'm in California, where youknow the worst thing that can happen is tey shut down some Nazi's trying togive a speech eat Berkeley. So until we...

...have the big earthquake that we dropoff we're very, very fortunate here in California, both for the weather andlegalize canabis and many other great things, so I'm happy to be inCalifornia one of the cool things I did today as a matter of fact check this up. I think it's good for bipolar folks toget exercise, and this morning we had a little bit different schedule at work.I got to go down to the BOS's house. We did an offsite meeting to talk aboutsome strategy and things like that, but he lives like ten miles in a differentdirection where there is no subway train, there's no like Mass Trans Itoutthat direction, but there is a fantastic bicycle trail from here tothere. So it took a ten mile bike ride to work this morning and took a tenmile bake ride back home in the evening loved it got the blood pump and sweatout all the toxins and, if you're able to get out of bed and go for a walk orsomething man try that out. You love it, especially if the weather's awesome andI think it's getting pretty nice most...

...across the country. So if you're inAmerica go enjoy the the fall weather that we're starting to have, and I getsome fresh air it always do you good. Oh that reminds me. I don't know why itreminds me, but something that keeps coming up. I wanted to do some researchon because it's just I'm I'm kind of a little bit OCD and I'm a stickler forlabels and naming things the right things and that sort of thing sothere's a big kind of mislabeling that happens in the psychiatric medicinecommunity and they just let people run with it is when they call bipolarchemical inbalance. So, yes, chemicals are involved for sure. That's what theOu transmitters work, throughs, the chemical center brains, all right. Wegot that, but to imply that there's an imbalance also implies that there is aconsensus on what quote. Unquote...

...balanced chemicals. Look like here inlies the problem. There is no consensus on what balance chemicals look like,there's a kind of a general conventional wisdom on how peopleshould react to certain things like. Oh, that's, not sad. Why are you crying her?How come you get angry at something so small? I get that where that seemsdifferent, but to say that the chemicals are imbalanced simply leavesone option open: What to rebalance the chemicals hey. How do you do that withcapitalist pharmaceutical drugs? So just keep all those things intoconsideration when you use terms like chemical and balance, it's easy and itkind of conveys an easy thought for for normies to understand: Oh, the chemicaland bouance, but it's dangerously misleading and that it implies. Theanswer is medicine from a doctor from a capitalist pharmaceutical company.Follow me so anyway, it's Oneo rant on...

...that for a second and also dig it a couple of episodes.We talked about Maria Bamford, like liking or retweeting, or something youknow kind of made my night that night I was going through the twitter accountsat bipolar style and noticed the ECOMIC thiol vagn is following the account-and I think that's super cool. If you guys don't know who theovon is checkhim out, he's a kind of intellectual Bud y from Louisiana. So he has thatdraw so at first you're thinking of this guy's going to be dumb, but nowit's super clever, humor is's on Netflix check out theovon and make youlaugh. Do it speaking of twitter, whatever I'm doing I'm like experiment,and I don't I'm not a twitter expert or anything. So here's things a found thatwork on twitter when people do cool things for you thank them. If people mention you at all press thelittle heart and retweet it, and if people follow you follow themback...

...unless their spammy accounts than it'sfair to unfollow spammy accounts that are just you know: Social Media, Hey,you know, buy these clicks and likes or whatever yeah. Don't obviously don'tfollow those, but so if you see real humans on twitter, follow them back andengage with them. It seems to work so our twitter accounts growingorganically. You know almost exponentially day by day we get moreand more users and users. What I we call Hem followers. So I hope you areone of them go over to twitter and look for us at by polar style, US meaning meand the mouse in my pocket at this point and well it's getting towards theend of the month at September, right and in a week or so it'll be October,and then the bipolar leaderboard refreshes. So, at the end of each month,all of the leader board points go back to zero and then you can start earningmore points. You earn points by sharing things like our support page, which haslots of great links to bipolar...

...resources. You could sign up to oremaillist that'll get you some points. Follow us on twitter comment onfacebook. You know you get the drill. If you do any of those things, you willget points on our leader board and I'm going to start senditg out Schwag,tshirts and whatnot to the leaders each month cool so go there check it out, goto bypolar stylecom Slas leaderboard help get the word out, spread some goodvibes and maybe even save a life. So do that and let's get to the actual topicsI wanted to talk about, because you know I don't like to do super longpodcasts. The first thing is the Takane weekendis really big deal this weekend, apparently Colin Capernick of formerlythe San Francisco Forty niners in his protest of police brutality and kind ofgeneral oppression of of minority races, took a knee anddecided not to salute the flag during the national anthem,...

...and that is now spread to a thing woresince he's not able to get a job nobody's hiring him this season, thisfootballer in America, other football players have taken up the stance oftaking a knee as well. So I think it's pretty cool. I remindsme of the old video I used to see like on Youtube of back in the Olympics. Ithink the ES, or so when the black athletes raise their fists and protest.That was pretty bad ass and I think this is kind of cool to the racistpresident. We have has kind of turned it into a race issue. He doesn't like particularly black and brown athletes,doing things without his permission, so, even though he would like to see themon their knees. In this case, he does not want them to take aney so yeah.It's troublesome here in America having outly racist President, so he talked abunch of madshit about the basketball team. The warriors because Steph currydidn't want to go to the White House. He said I'm not going and then trumplike a baby sit fine you're, not...

...invited. You know that kind of thing ontwitter of all places, right of course, so he disinvited NBA. You knowprimarily black players. He dismissed the NFL called them. Sons of Bitches,they're, primarily black, but he did say good things about NASCAR fans,primarily white, and he also invited the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team tothe White House now and they are all white. No black people in that team socaters to the white people puts down the black people. I mean big old dogwhistled to the racist in America, an IT's really troubling. So I just wantedto say you just kind of obvious reminder like back in the days ofHatdler. They actually came for the disabled people first because nobodyspoke up. So if you think you're above it because, oh I'm, you know those guysare they're rich. They shouldn't protest. Well, you know the fact of thematter is we live in a society it was built on racism, rape, torture, murderand slavery. So you've got to...

...acknowledge that to live here inAmerica. So if you don't acknowledge that go get on the Internet and studythe history of America, now that you're in America in two thousand andseventeen, you have to really take into consideration that if true fasciisttook over and wanted to silence the masses, they would start with quoteunquote crazy people like you like me, so when you see somebody protestingabout being treated unfairly, especially if they are do pressedminority. Just remember you are an oppressedminority. You just don't realize it, people that are mentally ill Ar Amore,a minority for sure and they're definitely oppressed, so not to takeaway the the pain that that minorities, like black folks and Brown people feelyeah, just don't think you're immune to it. Just because you're white, ifyou're white and you take medicine and are on some doctors, you knowspreadsheet that you're a patient, then you could be on somebody else's list aswell. So just totally be aware of that,...

...and more importantly, don't be so harshon people protesting. If you see the quote, Unquote Antifa in the streetthink about it. There wouldn't be Antifa is a organic reaction to fascism,there's no leader of Antipha. You can't write to the corporate office and sayDear Antifan: It's not how it works. These are regular people that show upto fight fascist. If you haven't thought of these ideas of protestdifferently, think about where America is right now and just take it to heard,don't panic or freak out about it, but just realize that people protestinghave really good reasons to protest. Nobody's GOIN NA stand out stick theirneck out. If they really didn't feel passionately about something you knowwhatever it is okay, and so the last topic is about outing, a loved one. Soin a group anonymously I heard a story: Let's say about a person, who'se lovedone decided to go, tell their family...

...and friends about person as by polarcondition. So the thing was person a trustedperson B with their medical history secret. Whatever you want to call it, Imean basically a privacy much in the same way at cancer, Patien or ages,patient or anybody with something they didn't want. Others to know, that's thesame way with bipolar. So if you know somebody who is by polar it's not up toyou to tell anybody else about it, I feel this very personally when I wasfirst diagnosed with bipolar. My ex wife would tell people in her spherenot only that I was by polar, but that I was a drug addict, that I was a loser,that I was all these other things that I actually wasn't. I was simply sick,but you know: that's that's taken being mean to a whole another level, but justif you want to be a good friend to by polar people hold their privacy with them. You knowthey're not telling you that they're bipolar, because they want you to be amegaphone to the rest of the world.

They want to control their message, sodon't sell them out they're, not going to tell your dirty secrets to the worldeither and that's how friendships and families and loved ones should treateach other. They should be kind and respect each other's privacy. So, inthe case that I was listening to earlier yeah, it got kind of out of hand. A lotof the respondents were really hammering the person. The person wasactually person B, who had spread the story and they were trying to defendthemselves like I have a right. You know my rights, I have my feelings tooand which is true, but if you're voluntarily, in a relationship withsomeone that you know, is sick, that's your responsibility to navigate thatpiece. Your piece, don't don't just blame the fact that you can't handlethe relationship on the fact that you're now spilling their secrets, sothat doesn't make sense. It doesn't wotl water as an argument, its totallyillogical, just be kind, and if people' tell you something in privacy, keeptheir secrets. Private makes sense.

Sounds pretty simple. Anyhow, Bell rangit's time for me to get out of here. I hope you have a fantastic next coupleof days, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, maybe I'll check him winday Thursday,hope to see you on the Internet check US online ats by polar stylecom, we'realso in Itunes, stitcher Google play and on twitter, of course, yeah. That'swhere all the action seems to be at bypolar style, it's great being withyou, I'm glad you were here, I'm glad you're. Here you want to talk on theair, get a hold of me through the website and check you O ex.

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