Sunday, September 04, 2005

The Exposing of Psychiatry

“All truth passes through three stages: First it is Ridiculed.
Second, it is Violently Opposed. Third, it is Accepted as being Self-Evident.”
- Arthur Schopenhauer (1778-1860)

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Blogger Mark G. said...

Interesting quote. Which stage do you suppose Tom Cruise is at with reard to Psychiatry?

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Blogger Philip said...

Hi Mark
The fight with psychiatry is by no means restricted to Tom Cruise. It involves organisations from just about every country in the world that in the main are comprised of the victims. Check out Google.
With regard to what stage we are up to in the quote. I would say the first stage where it is ridiculed. But this is a huge leap forward after decades of the violence and abuse of psychiatry being totally ignored by a media who just didn't want to know. Cruise did the cause a whole lot of good by dumping it right in the media's faces so that they could not longer ignore it.
An excerpt from an article a wrote a few years ago:
"Unfortunately, and possibly due to a subtle, lingering prejudice, 'mental patients' don't ordinarily command much media or political respect. The mere attachment of the label means their every utterance is assumed to be suspect or invalid. Their protests about their experiences and stories of personal abuse are ignored. Their perspectives are discounted or dismissed out of hand. Coercive measures against them are accepted as probably necessary and 'in their best interests'. Basically mental illness is an uncomfortable subject area with an automatic assumption, however erroneous, of incompetence, irrationality and even violence.
"No other minority group in the western world is so totally abandoned by the normal societal impulses toward common sense and decency."
Regards, Philip

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