• Manic? : a play in two acts

      Rausch, Zachary (2017-12)
      This thesis is about the power of story. All medical systems throughout the world are based upon specific stories which they believe about the nature of human existence. Oftentimes, it is easy to lose ourselves in the narratives we know, claiming them to be ultimately true. I will explore and compare two distinct medical narratives, Western and Tibetan Buddhist psychiatry, in order to explore deeper questions about the nature of human suffering. I will take you on this exploration through my own personal narrative as I straddled these two worlds to find grounding and purpose in life. We will explore how these traditions conceptualize mental illness, personal identity, human nature, purpose, and health. We will explore their underlying assumptions and values that are often unquestioned. When we speak of medical narratives, we cannot separate them from our lived experiences. These narratives are not static, do not exist in a vacuum, and may be experienced differently by one person to the next. Therefore, I am only expressing one perspective of infinite. But these are the stories I know and these are the stories that I can genuinely share. I have a fundamental understanding by studying and analyzing the primary texts of the two psychiatric systems: The Fifth Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the rGyud Bzhi . I also have a basic understanding of Tibetan Buddhist psychiatry through four months of study in Bodh Gaya and Darjeeling, India and four months of research of Western psychiatric and psychological history and thought.
    • The solitude of Kit Marlowe

      Lococo, Josh (2022-05)
      Cast of Characters: Christopher “Kit” Marlowe: Frozen in time in the afterlife at age twenty nine. He is insanely intelligent, quick-witted, irreverent, and blunt, especially with the perspective he has gained in the great beyond. He calls it like he sees it with even less hesitation than he did in life. He has a sense of bravado and self-confidence that make him a rather guarded person- nothing seems like it can get to him. However, when talking about things he is passionate about, observations he is particularly proud of, or sharing his writing, he is more vulnerable and reveals himself to be down to earth, perceptive, and self-aware. Perhaps, in those moments, he could even be considered sensitive. Faust: Kit’s infamous character who is now doomed to the hell Kit wrote him into forever , and his resentment of Kit for that is absolutely apparent. His disposition is that of an apathetic teen- he does what’s asked of him but he thinks it’s stupid and he doesn’t even wanna be here. Like any angsty teen, he also has absolutely no filter and will say whatever biting remarks enter his mind. But he also may not be just that.