A homeless young man is confused and responding to hallucinations on Market Street, San Francisco.
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 hallucinations the officer has to help him find the curb.
The officer asks him if he is going to hurt himself or anyone else.
The young man distractedly says no.
The police drive off and the young man rolls back into the intersection.
He suffers from the lie that mental illness is a choice and those who have it deserve to suffer.
Where have I seen this kind of 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 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 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.
Homelessness is unfair and inexcusable in a nation as rich as the United States.
Conservative assertion: Life is unfair.
Reasoned rebuttal: That’s why we make civilization.
(c) Rob Goldstein 2014-2017