Here's another hypocritic catch 22 created by our existing mental health system.
I see this happen all the time. Someone on a forum will be posting their vague experiences related to the unknown aspects of the mental realms, psychadelic experiences, moments of synchronicity or serendipity, pattern forming to understand the universe better, occult leanings - fortune telling etcetera - then in will come the pyschology burnt troll calling out 'schizophrenia' at them. 'Your displaying symptoms of shizophrenic paranoia'. I've seen people incarcerated in health institutions in real life for similar lines of thought.
Now I bet that the same people who commented on my previous journal 'god causes schizophrenia'forum.deviantart.com/community…
are now going to come out of the woodwork in praise of the psychological institution, just like they did with the religious institutions without allowing for any flaws existing within the system, even though there is obviously a multitude. Why? Because people like to maintain the status quo. Psychology and religion ARE fundamentally at odds. But why is psychology allowed to intervene on our actions and start calling us mentally ill at all? That's the real question.
Here's my personal opinion on the institution as it is. We all know that instiutionalisation was not started with individuals well being in mind. It was started as an extension of law enforcement, the state locking away people who it felt their behaviour/views/beliefs did not gel within society. It has since reformed and many in the institution now are doing great work to try and help people who's lives are torn apart by anxiety and other maladys which completely incapacitate them. Meanwhile the institution is also still attached to the law enforcement institution. Contraversy often arises when psychopaths are given lighter sentencing because they are deemed mentally ill, creating this grey area where people are afraid to comment about it at all. Mental illness I heard said, is the biggest taboo of our age, not sex, or pornography or issues that are now normalised. People are genuinely afraid of thinking something that well make them labelled as crazy, even though the notion itself is absurd. You can't think yourself crazy. You are free to think whatever the fuck you want, whenever the fuck you want. Period.
The solution is really simple and something that civil rights movements should have fought for decades ago. 'Mental health' as it stands as an institution should not be linked to law enforcement at all. If someone commits a crime they should be charged under the penal system for that crime. If the prison system adopts any aspect of mental health in treating the inmates thats a seperate issue. Meanwhile 'mental health' should be treated in the same way 'health' is treated. What does that mean? That if someone has committed no crime they shouldn't be able to be contained or assesed by our institutions AT ALL, unless it is willing. No one is forced to be treated for a broken leg if they choose not to, so why should they if they have a broken brain? If no one commits a criminal act the state should have no authority to contain them. We can't compulsory treat or contain people for health reasons. We can. But we shouldn't.
Acknolwedge the connection between religion and mental health
Seperate health from law enforcement and stop the state from encroaching on controlling peoples mental arena whatsoever - if people wanted to be treated for their mental health then they can by their own choice.
Simple. That ends the taboo of wether an idea can make someone mentally il. Because quite simply it can't. People should be free to practice whatever goddamn crazy ritual they want without the guise of religion. If they want to add up the numbers on numberplates or believe the CIA is talking to them through cigarette butts, then they should be allowed to. They are allowed to. End of story.