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26: Toxic Ideas   January 24th, 2020

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Lily: When I was fifteen I had cognitive behavioral therapy. It teaches you how to challenge the irrational negative thoughts in your head that make things seem worse than they really are. But those thoughts weren't just in my head. They were everywhere. Social media, official political debates, even remarks from my teachers and guidance counselors. The ones who are SUPPOSED to be teaching us how to navigate life.
(illustrations: a comment saying "No one cares what you think." A politician saying "They're destroying the moral fabric of society!" A guidance counselor saying to Lily, "Your whole future depends on this test." )
Lily: People treat mental illness like a personal flaw, but it spreads like a virus through society in the form of toxic ideas. It's like the water's been poisoned and they wonder why so many people are dying.