Apparently I am an American after all.
When asked, at the beginning of this episode, “Are there problems that shouldn’t be solved?” I had a visceral reaction to the idea of leaving something unfixed.
But that emotional reaction is actually the meat of what this episode of the incredible Invisibilia show is about.
The American “We Can Fix It!” attitude has given rise to our empire’s greatest accomplishments–and some of our worst flaws.
We’ve created an infrastructure for easy transport of goods over long distances, which made the US a world power. It also made it easier for us to unscrupulously take too much from the environment, on our own land and on others’. It made productivity seem only held back by human need for rest.
(Which we solved by creating graveyard shifts, and overtime. Not necessarily for the better.)
This episode starts with a jarring idea: that maybe people are not meant to be fixed.
Can this be true?
Listen here. And let me know what you end up thinking–because by the end of it *I* had a completely different idea of problems and solutions in mental health, as well as the American Fix-It impulse.