Feb 17 • 3M

Why isn’t the whole world happy?

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Honest, candid and straightforward ideas for living a fulfilling life and reaching our potential. Hiya. I'm Matthew Royston, the husband of one, father of four, and The Bold Brit [honest, candid, Inspiring]. I grew up in Bristol, England but currently enjoy living in Utah, United States. I want to live a fulfilling life, reach my potential, and help others do the same. I have concluded that progress in our personal development, robust personal relationships, deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ, and having a healthy body and mind are the core components of a fulfilling life. The rest of life is often insignificant, or unimportant.
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In recent decades modern medicine has produced some incredible medications to help us, among these are antidepressants.

Antidepressants have certainly helped many mitigate the symptoms of depression that can, for some, be immobilizing.

Now I am not opposed to the judicial use of medications prescribed under the direction of competent medical professionals.

But if antidepressants are so good, why aren’t we all happier, and why do we still see such high and increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicide?

I don’t know if I have a good answer, and I’m certainly no medical doctor. But I am smart enough to know that we aren’t just meat puppets with a chemistry set inside.

No doubt we do have chemistry, and we certainly are made of flesh and bones. But we all know, inherently and deep down that we are more than just the DNA sequence that makes our hair a certain color and our brain a certain way.

We are spiritual beings. We have souls. We have something inside of us that makes us who we are, beyond just the meat, chemistry and DNA.

That’s why antidepressants can’t, and never will be able to make the whole world happy and why, in my opinion, depression and suicide only seem to be going up.

Because antidepressants cannot cure a spiritual problem. Our spirits can get ‘sick’ so to speak and no amount of medication is ever going to solve it, cure it, or heal it.

It’s at this point that one could either sink into despair, or find a cure for the ills of the soul.

And that cure and remedy I believe is Jesus Christ. He is the great physician of the soul. The healer of broken hearts and broken minds.

His love, His Gospel, and His Commandments are the antidote to spiritual poison, the protection from spiritual harm, and the healing from spiritual pain.

Believing in God these days may not be popular. But if we want to be healed, we must forgo our ‘enlightened’ intelligence, our pride, and start believing.

Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not suggesting that if a person had enough faith they could give up medications tomorrow. We still have physical bodies to take care of.

I am saying however that only focusing on our physical condition whilst neglecting the spiritual will not yield the results we seek. Nor will medications ever resolve the issues of our soul.

What do you think? Let’s start a discussion.