To separate out the sensitive and call them mentally ill is yet another disservice and retraumatization to our most sensitive citizens. Seriously. We need to cut it out.
The language of mental illness “others” people and is a human rights violation committed mindlessly by our entire culture. Forced treatment is the most obvious violence against us but microaggressions happen daily everywhere.
When separation and microaggressions are legitimized and put into public policy and discourse the way it’s been done we become second class citizens and subhumans and it’s all very acceptable as far as most are concerned.
This is an energetic reality whether people are aware of it or not. This is oppression and bigotry systemically supported and then denied by almost everyone including those most seriously affected. We internalize it and come to believe these lies.
Just like racism and yet, it’s not recognized yet (not widely…certainly there are those who fight for broad systemic change who do get it, but we are a tiny minority at this point).
“Mentally ill” is a slur for those with the greatest sensitivities to the harmful conditioning we all face and are subject to. We might say that Everyone is Mentally Ill and that some of us who are labeled as such and thus ostracized by these labels are actually the least in denial about what is happening to us and to our planet.
So yes, those of us labeled mentally ill are often closer to sanity than most of society. Language matters here and calling the most vulnerable among as mentally ill as though everyone isn’t seriously affected is a form of doublespeak. Very 1984. A manipulation that helps people remain deep in denial so that we can keep on committing atrocities against one another and the planet. Everyone is Mentally Ill (yes, conditioned to the point of soul – loss) in this society and those of us labeled are often far less so even though many of us may not yet be aware of this reality.
“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a sick society.” Krishnamurti
I get that it’s useful to use the language of illness for folks who attach to the illness construct as well so that we might communicate and reach out to everyone. It remains all the more important to look at and be explicit about how language is used and to clarify what we mean if we do use such language on occasion for the sake of communicating with those who might not otherwise hear us if we didn’t use such language as a bridge.
Illness used in a clinical sense within psychiatry and the establishment is often used to oppress and keep down and disenfranchise armies of sensitives (our most vulnerable and gifted members of society — healers, indeed). We need these folks fit and healthy in order to heal the world.
- Everyone is Mentally Ill
- What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital
- Becoming conscious is risky business.
- The Mental (Illness) system and thoughts on alternatives: a collection
- When Psychiatry Retraumatizes
- Psychiatry ignores trauma says Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (The Body Keeps the Score)
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