Monthly Archives: July 2015

Precious Lives Lost in Lafayette, Louisiana

Two beautiful young women who had everything to live for were shot and killed in a movie theatre in Lafayette, LA on Thursday night, July 23rd.  News reports differ on whether it was seven or nine others wounded in the shooting.  The perpetrator was described as a “gunman [who] had a history of mental illness” in The New Orleans Advocate. He committed suicide after the shootings.

According to NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness), 1 in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year. 1 in 20 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition to the person directly experiencing a mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected. These statistics are not in any way presented to minimize the tragedy in Lafayette, but to better understand the scope of mental illness.

I have bipolar disorder and am quite healthy as are many, many others under modern medications and therapy, and with the help of supportive friends, families and others, not to mention diet, exercise and everything else that all of us need to thrive.  Acceptance of one’s diagnosis and cooperation with professionals is important in reaching and sustaining a mind, body, spirit balance.

The tragedy in Lafayette, LA amplifies the conversation about mental illness and the general lack of mental health resources that exist for most individuals, their families and the community at large. Horrific news such as this can multiply the depression and magnify the stigma of others who have mental illness. Informed kindness to all – within the person who lives with mental illness and especially the friends and family who surround and support them – is important to fighting depression and internalized stigma.

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (http://www.dbsalliance.org/) is an important resource for those who live with depression and bipolar disorder.  Many local support groups (about 300 nationally) provide peer sharing as well as helpful pamphlets and books. From time to time a speaker such as a psychiatrist or other relevant person makes a presentation or answers questions from a professional point of view. Additionally the above web site has a wealth of on-line information.

Thankfully, we are learning more and more about mental illnesses of all kinds, from therapy to medications to a basic understanding of the brain itself. During the course of my own bipolar disorder—from 1963 till the present—there have been enormous improvements in treatment. Friends and family are also of continuing importance.

Launch Party for The Bipolar Millionaire

Yesterday, July 20th was the official publication date for my book, The Bipolar Millionaire, and it is available now at many locations. Thursday, July 30th will be the book launch party where I will present The Bipolar Millionaire in an honest and frank manner. As a CPA for 29 years, I had no real opportunities to speak publicly, but I have spoken in relation to some of my other books, and I am practicing—even taking speech lessons. Wine, soft drinks and light refreshments will be provided at the book launch.

The Presentation will be as follows:

The Garden District Book Shop

2727 Prytania Street, New Orleans

Thursday, July 30 from 6:00 till 7:30 PM

My other books will be available as well.

India: Excerpts from World Order

Review by and Comments by John E. Wade II

Kissinger writes, “No mythic founder has been credited with promulgating the Hindu tradition, India’s majority faith and the wellspring of several others.” India has a population of about 1.252 billion (2013). According to Wikipedia the Hindu population is about 1.029 billion (2001 census). The Muslim number is about 180 million (2011 census). By population India is the largest democracy in the world.

Buddhism was founded in India–I observed the place where Buddha preached his first sermon from which I was told most of the religion originated. Buddhism went from India to Burma, Ceylon, China, Indonesia and elsewhere.

China, until modern times, imposed its customs and culture on its conquerors such that they became indistinguishable from Chinese people. Rather, India transcended invaders not by converting them to Indian religion or custom, but by accepting their ambitions with utmost equanimity; it integrated their achievements and doctrines without awe of them.

Britain had a lot to do with unifying India, especially in modern times. The combination of Gandhi and the core values of freedom within the liberal British society led to an independent, democratic India with minimal violence.

Within a few decades it is projected that India will have a larger population than China (1.357 billion in 2013)

The most exciting current development is last year’s overwhelming election of Prime Minister Narenda Modi and his party. Kissinger states, ”With India, Japan and China all led by strong and strategically oriented administrations, the scope both for intensified rivalries and bold resolutions will expand.”

I hope and pray for these Pacific giants as well as the whole world that there will be free, fair trade in goods and services, fostering prosperity in Asia and globally. The business of governments everywhere should be in aiding businesses in order to engender prosperity for people, not the deaths and destructions of wars.

Henry Kissinger and World Order

Henry Kissinger in his book wrote about how so much information, communications, and data are spreading all over the world, including the news. He worries that wisdom is not being developed. I agree.

Having data and information at one’s finger tips on a cell phone or a computer is not the same as having it in one’s own head, analyzing it and thinking about it, perhaps over a significant period of time.

I believe that a lot of formal learning is long forgotten. But that does not mean it’s unimportant.

Learning to master a body of knowledge/facts/analysis/disciplines in itself can create confidence and motivation to learn and master new things that one encounters.

Mastering knowledge does not meaning memorizing it. It means deciding what part, if any, is important, and if so, how important. This whole process may lead to combining old and new thoughts and creating unique new analysis far from what started the process.

My Upcoming Book, The Bipolar Millionaire

I’m excited about the publication of my memoir on July 20th and the first event at the Garden District Book Shop on July 30th, 6:00 till 7:30 PM, a Thursday night. Light snacks, soft drinks, water and wine will be served.

I have been practicing my speech as I hope and pray that you will enjoy the presentation and the book—and take it to heart too. The talk is built around the title of the book.

The years of travail and healing from my first episode of bipolar disorder will be briefly described along with my family wealth and how I handled my inheritance.

The most difficult part to describe and to relate is the Operation which has been surrounding me since 1998. Before you attend, look up transactional analysis in your dictionary. That was the method used on a moment by moment basis to cure my bipolar disorder, guide me spiritually and make me a force in the Republican Party.

If you can, come out on July 30th!