While driving to work this morning I listened to an interesting radio commentary on NPR.
First I have to say that NPR was not my first choice. I tried some AM stations but got this irritating 60 hz buzz. Then I switched to FM and searched the dial for something intelligent, but found nothing but schlock disk jockeys playing mindless games in between oldies that seem to play in an endless loop. Why is it that the only stations that come in really clear are either religious, Spanish, stupid, or NPR. I did get a few country stations, but no news or talk, just twang and croon.
Back to the interesting commentary, it was entitled Green Acres is the place to be, by Dr. Mark Ringel. Here is the link if you wish to listen to this program. Basically the theme of his commentary was that studies in Sweden have shown that people who live in an urban environment have larger incidence rates of mental disorders than people who live in a rural community. This seemed perfectly obvious to me, crowds and city life make me crazy too.
One of his key points is that this trend does not reflect immigration status, education, availability of mental health professionals, or other key indicators, just population density.
This got me to thinking; maybe, just maybe I am not the only one that goes a bit loopy when packed into too small a place with too many people.
Another thing that Mark Ringel points out is the need for nationalized healthcare as a method of providing much better data and more clear statistics here in America.
Hmmm, national healthcare is big on the Democrat agenda.
Then the connection was made.
The more densely populated the area the more likely that people vote for Democrats. Hmmm, that explains a lot.
It is kind of getting crowded around here, maybe it’s time to move to Wyoming.
I may do crazy things for fun, but at least I am sane about it!
BTW, feel free to stop by instead of just flying over.