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Mark Fisher states that “many forms of depression are best understood and best combatted through frames that are impersonal and political rather than individual and psychological”.
In his book Capitalist Realism, he argues that there is widespread anxiety and depression in our society, caused by capitalism. Bong, the director of the film Parasite, said, “We all live in the same country now: that of capitalism”.
I observed more and more people, especially those in my age group of Millennials and Gen Z, getting affected by mental health issues - even before the pandemic, in a world ruled by numbers. Now I see more of them in a world of uncertainty and isolation. Numbers are ruling the world, not only in our bank accounts, but also in time, height, weight, likes, followers and grades.
Virginia Woolf described her depression as a ‘nebulous fog’. I saw this nebulous fog covering us, working as the filter, altering our perception of our lives, making us more anxious and depressed.
Where does this fog come from?
What is it formed of?
Is there a way out?
This is my animated attempt to catch the fog.