I am deeply troubled by the problem of helping people understand the existence of hate and brutality of totalitarian regimes and intolerant despots. The Orphan Master’s Son, a novel by Adam Johnson may help – it depicts the horrific human oppression enough to nearly traumatize readers, and in doing so I hope it strengthens the ability of people to recognize and take clear and decisive action to defend the freedom we have and build a more tolerant world.
For 17 years, since the FDA black box warning about suicidality with antidepressants, our community has quoted data that downplays this concern. We were wrong. We were deceived. Antidepressants can be lifesaving, but there really is a duty to warn.