Do Our Feelings Require Censorship? (The depression)

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Do you know that really catchy song, ‘suicidal?’ It gets under your skin, and denotes how a man feels when the girl ends a relationship with him. There was a league of old fogies harping on that the song should have been banned from the airwaves, and in some countries the word itself was dubbed out. I hate that, I hate censorship when it is not due, when it is over the top, protecting us when we need no such protection.

When that chap wrote the song and learned how to sing that word with an air that made the term warmer somehow, he didn’t intend any malice. I think it was the warmth that he could bring out of that terrible cold and harsh lyric that got on the nerves of the old fogies censorship brigade. I’m certain that there was a tragic loss in there behind the move to have the song banned, I’m sure there must have been, we only ever act on things when there is a self interest somewhere along the line.

So too as a writer, and as a journalist I worry about the impact of the words I create. Of course all us writers hope that our words will somehow have an impact, but it is with a desire to do more good than harm in this life, that is our motivation in its living. I know myself that what I read has an impact on me. There are a few books I could point to. (I have only actually read a few books) I believe it is safe to assume that I am not too different from others, and therefore maybe my words have an impact too. Even in this blog I worry that what I am saying may be taken up in a way that it was not intended, but the underlying motivation here is to give sufferers from the depression malaise, a voice in my words, and words that perhaps they can look to for inspiration in their own struggle.

I have spoken of the difficulty a journalist has in approaching the subject matter of reporting suicide. The county expert working for the nation’s health authority told me once that, ‘depression needs to be front page news.’ It can be, but the way the media works is that it is always sensationalised and hyped up when it does make the early pages. You know as well as I do that depression and suicide needs no such sensationalism attached. The depression, the untold damage done by it, needs to be put out there, it needs to be on peoples lips, and spoken of to the point where people no longer need to feel that they should hide what they are feeling.

The song being dubbed over was a bridge too far for me on this, certainly what should be a despicable word was tossed around in amongst a beautiful melody in a beautiful way, but the individual writer was speaking from the heart in the song’s production, he was getting at something, he was pointing his finger that yes indeed being dumped is a cause of depression very often, that it should be known, that we should look out for our friends who get the boot from a relationship where they were in love. There is no love lost between the censors and I. A radio show I created entitled ‘Radio Erotica’ garnered the highest number of calls of complaint the radio station had ever received. I think it was a record in the country that month which based on the radio stations listener-ship was quite an ‘achievement,’ (Not certain whether I should categorise it as an achievement) but with this no loved lost attitude I bring the argument, that people do not need our protection from information.

In information we find our strength, and with knowledge on the subject matter of depression and suicide, comes the power to deal with what needs to be dealt with. It gives us the know-how to do what needs to be done, when we or those around us are suffering.

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