WORLD SHARING, 01/14/2020 – Marilyn Armstrong


What’s something your brain tries to make you do, which you have to will yourself NOT to do?  (could be a bad habit, a physical response to something … your interpretation is as good as mine! )

Once I get into a book, I sometimes read all night, then watch the sun come up and realize I’m going to be SO tired. You’d think I’d know better by now, but I can’t seem to shake it. Once I’m into a story, I always need to read the next chapter. And then, the next.

When someone finds out what you do, or where you are from, what question do they always ask you?

A million questions. I give them a copy of my book.

What’s something terrifying that we’ve all come to accept as a fact of life?

Fires everywhere. And international storms.

LAKE TABOURIE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 04: Residents look on as flames burn through the bush on January 04, 2020, in Lake Tabourie, Australia. A state of emergency has been declared across NSW with dangerous fire conditions forecast for Saturday, as more than 140 bushfires continue to burn. There have been eight confirmed deaths in NSW since Monday 30 December. 1365 homes have been lost, while 3.6 million hectares have been burnt this fire season. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Should governments make laws to protect people from harming themselves? Could that even work? (This one is deep, maybe too deep).

There are already laws, but they are impossible to enforce. Technically, attempted suicide is also attempted murder. The problem is that someone who has attempted suicide is usually not someone the law is willing to prosecute. Anyone who is determined to kill themself will eventually succeed and we have no way to stop them.

Troubled people should have full access to mental health facilities, psychological help, and services, but we don’t offer them. Maybe someday we will. Until then, we aren’t doing anything significant to help troubled people.

11 thoughts on “WORLD SHARING, 01/14/2020 – Marilyn Armstrong

  1. Thanks Marilyn for Sharing Your World. You always provide such thoughtful answers, that it is a true pleasure to read your writings! Suicide is such a complex question, and sadly there are fewer and fewer affordable ways to treat the disease. Incarceration into a facility can truly be a horror … patients abused and over medicated and terror being foremost in some patient’s minds. I was voluntarily committed for several weeks the November prior to hubby’s death. I was scared to death the whole time that someone would attack me. My depression reached a new low. And they couldn’t ‘cure’ my problem…there is no cure. One endures. I still find it mystifying that I’m forced to stay when my inclination is to leave. These days though, I’m leaving it in God’s hands to decide. Faith might be the last, best ‘cure’…


  2. – I “WILL” not to care whether the Flames win or not. AAAAAAAAAAAAA !!!!
    – You’re a Greeter at Home Depot! You must be stupid.
    – “Scares me?” You ain’t seen nothing yet.
    – “Protect me”!!? The government should keep their stinking fingers outta my pie.

    Think I’ll go to McDonalds for a coffee now.


  3. That last question is a heavy. In Canada that is a reason to call the police and have that someone committed for psychiatric assessment. It isn’t against the law but obviously someone needs help.


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