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Challenging Popular Notions

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By Ross Kentner

I'd like to take a shot at two cynical but popular notions.  First, the one percent.  The super rich at the top of the food chain.  We love to think that most of them inherited their wealth and we're carrying them on our backs.  Second, things are just getting progressively worse and nothing's going to change that.

Then, along comes a member of the one percent who gives away 100-million dollars anonymously.  And that's not all.  They draw a line in the sands of time and say this money is for the second half of the body-mind equation. It's to advance research into mental illness.

This is important on so many levels.  It happened right here in Ontario with the money going to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.  This is already a leading centre for mental health research which can now leverage a range of emerging technologies that are showing promise for the future.  To put it bluntly, this will help to legitimize efforts to understand and treat mental illness which touches one in five of us, and for decades was cloaked in ignorance and malfeasance.  This is the world unfolding as it should.

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