Seriously, I think this is the reason for a lot of emotional problems people are experiencing nowadays.
You have people with political agendas, people who think they know, people who have been brainwashed (not to sound extreme, but in a sense it's true) ... Mostly, people get their information from a limited number of sources, be it the evening news or the blogs their friends reference on facebook. While some of these are outright lies, the real problem is that many of these sources tell us a version of the truth, but only part of the truth.
I once read someone bitching about how television commercials were anti-women because they showed maxi-pads soaking up water that's been colored blue ... which implies that the red stuff they actually soak up is somehow bad and so not showing red in a maxipad commercial is saying women don't count ... blah blah blah .. okay, fair enough, I can actually see their point. I really can.
However, what the blogger failed to point out in their proof that television commercials are all anti-women is the other side of the issue.. like for instance, did you ever notice that in every commercial where someone is made to look stupid or uninformed, it's the male who needs to be educated by the female. Every time. No way would they ever show the female to be the stupid one. So, is our blogger ranting about television being anti-woman telling the truth, or doing a disservice to their readers? I say the answer is "B".
Just one example, but basically what I'm saying is if you only get your news from one source or group of sources, you're going to have an unbalanced and pessimistic view of the world and everything in it. If you're a conservative, you're expecting Obama to round up the Christians and send them all to concentration camps any day now, but if you're a liberal, the Federal government has already been taken over by fascist Christian extremists. They can't both be true, maybe neither one is true, but everyone is depressed and needing medication.
Could it be a conspiracy by the pharmaceutical industry? Probably. Let me check my favorite bloggers to see what they have to say about it.
Or, maybe we could spend less time exposing ourselves to all the rhetoric and more time fishing or gardening.
Edited to add the disclaimer that fishing is not animal cruelty when I do it, because I never catch anything.