MORAL ILLNESS, NOT MENTAL ILLNESS
“Americans have been increasingly socialized to equate inattention, anger, anxiety, and immobilizing despair with a medical condition, and to seek medical treatment rather than political remedies. What better way to maintain the status quo than to view inattention, anger, anxiety, and depression as biochemical problems of those who are mentally ill rather than normal reactions to an increasingly authoritarian society.”
“Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill”
When I lived in the States it was *never* so much as considered that a person presenting symptoms of “mental illness” was, in fact, morally outraged to the point of not being able to stand society being morally outrageous anymore.
It was always presumed that society was the norm and anyone who didn’t fit in was sick.
Often, Parents were blamed for making a child disturbed, when, in fact, the youngster was freaking out from the society he or she was living in.
In fact, there are no mental illnesses. There are only Moral Illnesses. That is true even of personality disorders that have an underlying organic cause.
1) Some people are so deranged morally that they drive other people mad with outrage.
2) Some people are so outraged by the morally outrageous, and perceive themselves as helpless to do anything about it. So, they construct an alternate reality or display bizarre symptoms.
3) Some people are some measure of both 1 and 2
There are no pills, no talk or group therapies, no surgeries that can cure someone of Moral Derangement (Psychopathy) or Moral Outrage.
It is only when we admit that we are living in a morally deranged reality that we realize our desire to create an alternate reality is the most healthy reaction.
However, that reality has to be habitable by other Souls. To create a reality for one is pathological.
Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel