Q: “I was most interested though in "your take" on her part of the report about the rash of suicides from 2008-2014 ..and how accurate you thought her reporting was on that part of the report? Thanks Again,” Ans: Keying on the suicide story there is interesting backstory to the processes of community here of the meditating community. It is not that there were necessarily more or less suicides in the meditating community compared to a general population. State public health people were looking at that too. Suicides happen all the time in Jefferson County like everywhere, within locals and Christians too. Suicides get handled in particular ways by public health process, law enforcement and news reporting. By law they do not get publicly reported in the papers as such when they happen. A euphemism in the papers for middle age or young healthy persons reads something like “died at home suddenly” is a coding that is given. Back a few years ago with suicides in a few millenials who were known who grew up here in the community an ad hoc introspective review was triggered by people in the meditating community. That whole process in the end brought both awareness of mental health and better services for mental health to the whole community at large. It also triggered a review of culture and policies in the TM movement itself which then articulated a modern mental health policy for the larger ™ .org and the local university and school. There was a lot of process involved over many months of a couple of years. It was productive in a long run toward bringing together a better modern understanding of communal mental health and better services for everyone locally. It is still in process. Culture takes a longer time to move and change. I just did a quick search of Fairfield Life to find posts that I put there to chronicle the processes that occurred in the meditating community around mental health. These came in to being in the Spring of 2014. A lot of work has been done from then. This is an early post narrating the time from 2014, https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FairfieldLife/conversations/messages/391978 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FairfieldLife/conversations/messages/391978 There is a whole sequence of posts from then, Summary from 2016 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FairfieldLife/conversations/messages/425762 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FairfieldLife/conversations/messages/425762 2015.. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FairfieldLife/conversations/messages/422239 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FairfieldLife/conversations/messages/422239 Public meetings 2014 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FairfieldLife/conversations/messages/402219 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FairfieldLife/conversations/messages/402219 Reformation and Renaissance A narrative of a leadership change in the TM community... (2016) https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FairfieldLife/conversations/messages/431494 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FairfieldLife/conversations/messages/431494 # Engaging Restorative Justice in Reclamation of Community https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/communal-studies-forum/AM9bhYe1dXI https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/communal-studies-forum/AM9bhYe1dXI These can give a little more perspective on the diversity of ‘community’ of ™ here. Some with their own motives caught in culture-wars can be bent on actively promoting that it is all cult and bad in Fairfield and leave it at that. A more fair and honest social science on the ground can report that community is more complex than that. A more interesting relevant question becomes, what is ‘communal’ going to look like in 5 years in Fairfield, Iowa? Year 2024?
---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : From Email: Q: “I just "stumbled into" something today ..and I hope some of you will read it and I encourage any responses - I would love to hear "your take" on this. The topic is MUM/Suicides and Missing Persons (and other interesting MUM/Maharishi info). I know none of you are big in the TM movement any more ("got what you needed and moved on" so to speak) . . and I am not shocked by anything any more, and, this has created some noticeable "cognitive dissonance" . . and at the same time, some "things came together" for me with this as well. If you chose to read this far, and read her report below, please consider letting me know what you think.. . . https://www.coreysdigs.com/new-world-order/murder-suicides-missing-persons-at-iowas-maharishi-campus/ https://www.coreysdigs.com/new-world-order/murder-suicides-missing-persons-at-iowas-maharishi-campus/ A: I just scrolled the length of the thing but did not read it deeply. A re-mix of things that were ‘gathered’ and put in her blog place. Though the headlines promote flame the processes of the stories are dated even now. It seems too simple to just assert it is all ‘cult’ where more interesting and better things are in the backstories. Those are cultural in context. History will have its longer perspective if journalism that gathers the story now is well gathered, comprehensive and may be not bias now in presentation. Her journalism it seems is taking the shortcut. It needs a lot more consideration with people for context and perspective. Her gathering is not the end of the story yet. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : The blog has all the tell-tale of yellow. Yellow journalism uses eye-catching headlines for increased sales, vs. reform-minded progressive muckraking journalism, the blogger leads with eye-catchers, ‘murder’, ‘trafficking’, ‘suicides’, ‘missing persons’, ‘Maharishi’. On the internet it seems anyone can be a journalist.