A bedraggled and filthy young man is confused and
responding to hallucinations on Market Street.
He loudly threatens those around him until he
collapses in an intersection.
The police arrive.
An officer asks him to sit on the curb.
The young man is so distracted by his hallucinations
the officer has to help him find the curb.
The officer asks him if he is going to hurt himself or
anyone else and the young man distractedly says no.
The police drive off and the young man rolls back
into the intersection.
He suffers the lie that mental illness is a choice that
doesn’t affect judgment, and those who have it
deserve to suffer.
Where have I seen this kind of willful ignorance before?
Oh, that’s right! Gays…
50 years ago, the people of the United States universally
believed homosexuality was a mental illness and homosexuals
deserved shame and incarceration.
When asked why someone would “choose” to be homosexual
in such a punitive culture the response of many prominent
psychiatrists at the time was “masochism.”
Their reasoning was that only a masochist would “choose” to be homosexual in a world that hates them.
Therefore, the homosexual derived masochistic pleasure from the reactions of others to the choice of his “disgusting” sickness.
Jump forward fifty years and now we have a society that mindlessly tortures people with Schizophrenia and other chronic mental illnesses.
Being alive is not the same as having a life.
To have a life one must have a brain that can reason
and the ability to use it to survive.
Assertion: Life is unfair
Rebuttal: That’s why we make civilization
(c) Rob Goldstein 2014-2017