On Money, Ills and Love

Monday Musings for Jan 14, 2013
Volume III. No. 106

Rumi Image

Printing Money, Homelessness, Mental Illness and Love
by Assad Meymandi, MD, PhD, DLFAPA*

Stories about fake bills being printed and circulated appear in the newspapers frequently. Such was the story in N&O, January 5, 2013. One wonders if printing money is fraudulent, bearing grave consequences of long prison term, why nobody arrests the US administration, US Congress, Federal Reserve, US Treasury Department, and for that matter the World Monetary Fund. They print money in the trillions with no accountability or responsibility. Why do they not get arrested and prosecuted?

Homelessness

Thomasi McDonald’s piece in January 11, N&O, carved out and dissected the psychobiography of a group of citizens, the homeless, our fellow humans, with a sharp and precise psychological scalpel. The piece is worthy of a Pulitzer. As a psychiatrist, the hours I spend with clinic patients afflicted with addiction and mental illness, I see so many who would swap their freedom for prison’s board and room. We know that 90% of prison and jail population are afflicted with mental illness. It is a shame that in our society the best place to get any help for the mentally ill is the prison. We do need to repair our broken down system of mental health care. And finally:

Love according to Mowlana Jalal-Din Mohammad Balkhi Rumi

Translated by learned colleague Majid Naiini

From love, bitter becomes sweet,
From love, thorns become flowers,
From love, vinegar becomes wine,
From love, fire becomes light,
From love, devil becomes angel,
From love, sorrow becomes joy,
From love, sickness becomes health,
From love, fury becomes mercy,
From love, dead becomes alive,

I sincerely wish that we all follow Rumi’s grand teachings and for 2013,

Set a fire in your heart from love,
Burn all ill thoughts & statements.
God of love stayed and everything else left,
Be happy, oh fierce love, the burner of all our ills.

*The writer is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill. He is Emeritus, Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief, Wake County Physician Magazine (1995-2012)

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