Doblin discusses his vision for a world with "net-zero trauma."
I have to agree with AP on this one - grandiose. He lost me at " net-zero"
What a noble goal.
He’s worse than Leary, man in a white suit promising a new golden age!
What about all the schizophrenics? No golden age for the mentally ill.
The concept that trauma is something that can be reduced to near zero is a lofty goal, but unrealistic to the realities of human nature, failings, and mortality. We will all suffer, whether it is the drudgery of difficult work, or more realistically, the suffering, decay, and death of those around us, and ultimately ourselves, as we grow through the natural aging process. Suffering, trauma, and death are inescapable, and it feeds a false sense of security that these discomforts can be escaped or done away with. Inner peace is found by wrestling with your demons and feelings about the situations you encounter, and the encouragement of the easy pill/drug significantly increases the difficulty of helping clients in my profession accept that even with something like MDMA, there will be additional stressors that challenge them throughout life. The problem is they look at this as a magic pill that fixes it all, and that simply will never be the case for treatments like this. It doesn't teach them distress tolerance.
I was actually really inspired when he said this in his talk. I thought what an amazing idea! So what if it's lofty or an "elusive" goal. We haven't even tried yet. I think it's a really interesting topic that needs to be talked about over and over and over again. Mental health support at all ages is so important. I have conversations all the time with my clients whom are mainly elderly slowly opening up about their childhood or their parents going through the war. They also didn't find out many of these things until either they were drunk or their mother told them. We all need to make time to slowly create that safety and compassion for people we love so we can have those conversations, so then trauma isn't being passed down. Start small being curious and comforting. We all want to be seen even if it's terrifying at first. We need to teach others how to recognize the circle of trauma and how to break it. People really need to be more trauma informed. Anything can be trauma and cause someone deep pain. It can start earlier in life or later in life. I recently did a mental health first aid course that was fantastic and honestly everyone should do that course.
The difference between this and carbon is that it is fine to have carbon in the atmosphere, just not excess. With trauma we would probably want to aim for zero, not net-zero. Either way a lofty goal, but one we should aim for or move towards regardless.
Is there info about microdosing MDMA?