I Am not Your Poor Thing

 

Blog for Mental Health 2015

The man who sits in his own filth on the corner of Height at Webster is by law and species a human being.

What do we mean by human?

This must be a tough question to ask and answer because I haven’t seen it asked of any of our media experts who discuss the poor and disabled as if they are things.

Poor things.

Broken things.

Things that cost too much money to fix.

“If only our country wasn’t so darned poor we could help the poor things!” said  the rich Americans.

“So, Mrs. Clinton, what is your position on the use of “lethal Neglect” on citizens with mental illnesses?

Applied Eugenics, pge 134.

How easy it is to absorb and internalize a lifetime of hateful lies about medical conditions that affect the brain.

I’m mentally ill. I’m stupid and lazy.

I’m mentally ill and disabled. I’m a stupid lazy loser.

I’m mentally ill and old. I’m useless.

The Envy of the World at Rest

It will rub hatred and fear as a lotion on its skin.

It will do this whenever it is told.

The Envy of the World at Rest

One of the reasons these outdated stereotypes continue is the name calling that passes for political debate in the United States.

Debates in which the poor and mentally ill are discussed as if they are things.

Lazy things.

Undeserving things.

Things that fake mental illness to get disability.

Things that just want to screw all the time.

Things that live like rats and roaches.

Our things to do with as we please.

RG

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20 thoughts on “I Am not Your Poor Thing

  1. Reblogged this on SURVIVORS BLOG HERE and commented:

    I see a direct relationship between the homelessness as it emerged in the late 20th Century and the American Eugenics Movement which was globally popular prior to World War 2. Homelessness is described in the Eugenics Handbook as “Lethal Neglect.”

    First published on Art by Rob Goldstein

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  2. Hi friend
    You’re post is point on and I’m not looking for much change. I think outlets like blogs, Facebook, Twitter will move the dial before society will start talking.
    I like you blog, your not one topic site offering followers more options. Best of all it gives you an outlet on Mental Health, your specific illness which not many people really understand.
    I would like for you to think about joining our collaborative. It will oil the wheel and we can talk offline to discuss pros and cons for you.My email is msandorm@verizon.net. Would you email me once you have thought on joining the collaborative. I am not sure you know the name of the team site, http://survivorsbloghere.wp.com. You might want to go over and read about the other contributors.
    Have a great evening. 🙂
    M

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m familiar with the name of the site and will gladly check it out and contact you. You are correct, there aren’t many people who understand dissociative disorders. I am glad for opportunities to use my ability to articulate the experience for those who can’t.

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      1. I’m not familiar with the day to day life of the illness or complete knowledge. I read about you having the disorder. There is so much to learn all the nuances. I’ve was diagnosed Bipolar at 19, I’m 51 and still learn everything out there. My family didn’t understand until I stayed at Psych Ward. Everyone in family when at my worst I get suicidal. I’ve had 20 ECT treatments, It is the one treatment that can pull my out of gutter.
        Have a great evening.
        🙂
        M

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      2. When I was younger I was misdiagnosed with Bi-Polar illness. I hated the diagnoses and hated the fact that none of the meds worked. No I know why they didn’t but at the time it was frustrating.

        Oddly, when I was diagnosed with DID I found myself wishing that it was bi-polar illness.

        Although all mental illnesses are stigmatized at least bi-polar illness has clear genetic markers which makes it slightly easier for other people to understand. Thank you for stopping by and making a comment.

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      3. Thank you. Yes, mental illness does suck, but it doesn’t have to consume an entire life and much of the reason that mental illness is so devastating is the acceptance of the idea that the mentally ill are not deserving of the protections and benefits of living in an advanced civilization.

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      4. R
        I’m glad mental illness does not rule my life. We have to reach acceptance first, get our mind around what the worst feels like. People have a choice, accept or not. There will come a day when mental illness is not what they think. Rarely does the media, all outlets keep the stigma going. I believe the effort we give to advocacy adds up and the stigma will change.
        I’m interested in you thoughts about Survivors Blog Here. I noticed you read several of mine, feedback is a great way to learn.
        🙂
        M

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  3. Robert, your words hit me with strength and honesty. I agree so wholeheartedly with your sentiment. But it isn’t only the mentally ill and homeless who are so put-down and labelled “lazy, undeserving, useless, loser, ill.” There are those of us with physical ailments that hear these words all the time from our families, our so-called friends, strangers who judge us by our weight, when only steroids will keep us in the fight. Depression and low self-esteem is the price we pay we for ridicule and hearing “she’s faking it for attention.” People can be so cruel. Our words and our stories are our only way of fighting back. I join you in the battle. Thank you for baring your HUMAN soul.

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    1. Yes. I am so sick of having my life used as a pawn by hateful greedy politicians — I really think we should vote anyone who engages in hate speech as a campaign strategy out of office.

      Thank you for reading my blog and for taking the time to comment.

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      1. Robert, “We the people …” are the only ones who can fight this war. As our forefathers tried to establish a fair and perfect union, separate from the tyranny of Europe, the concepts of equality have gotten lost in the corruption they sought to correct. You and I may be pawns, but we have a voice and we are using them. Thank you for your bravery.

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