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I’m Tired Of People With Mental Health Issues Using Them as Excuses For Evil

Before I start; some notes:

  1. Some mental health issues are due to brain damage or other physical causes – this article does not apply to those.
  2. The commentary in this article uses an example of a man who drowned a cat and is not aimed at that specific case – the article is general in nature.
  3. The article will be confronting to some people, especially those of a ‘politically correct’ nature.
  4. Widespread poor results and care in the mental health field is a contributing factor to this ‘excuses issue’. Not only has a retired professor of psychology friend confirmed the widespread low incidence of deep results, I have come across large numbers of people (clients and more) who complain about it. Often, these latter say that only people who have personally had experience of mental health issues truly understand how to help.
  5. I suffered from severe mental health issues earlier in my life – when a child and into adulthood.
  6. Today I help my clients achieve significant results. So much so, that I count mental health professionals among my clients. I am planning a series of articles about how I can, and do, help my ‘competitors’ – it is important that people get help which works and if that be by a ‘competitor’, then that is a good outcome.
  7. Am I a proud git? No. In fact, humility is a cornerstone principle to mental freedom.

stop excusesMany in society, including myself, are fed up with individuals and organisations who use mental health issues to ‘excuse’ evil. ‘Mitigating factors’ is a term often used.

Unfortunately, using mental health issues in this way also tends to increase the stigma surrounding mental health. Often it is not true.

Today I read about a man who is said to have bipolar/manic depression who killed his lodger’s cat by drowning it, despite professing a liking for his own cat:

Elderly man drowned his lodger’s pet cat because it knocked over his model aeroplane

In the man’s defence, mental health history was brought up, along with a traffic accident which is said to have exacerbated the mental issues.

Clearly, we cannot know the true and full facts of the case and thus cannot comment on this man specifically. We do not know for example whether ‘mental health experts’ who have assessed the man, and the effects of the accident, have got it right (so many get it wrong). I do however find the fact that the man was able to express liking for his own cat disturbing in context of this actions. I expect that the man’s professed attitude will undermine the confidence of people who consider that he seemed able to feel some compassion and knowledge of good (for his own cat), yet chose to discriminate against the lodger’s cat. Unfortunately, many people in society further stigmatize people with mental health issues as a result of stories like this.

Moving on to the point of my article…

Years ago, when I had severe mental health issues, one of the keys to my freedom was taking personal responsibility for my actions, thinking and mental health. I had been to see lots of people with white coats and certificates on the walls – psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors etc without much success. In fact, being an intuitive fellow I noticed that many of these ‘professionals’ despaired of being able to help me, though they tried to cover it up. I was also prescribed mood altering drugs etc, however I did not take them partly because I knew the chemicals would simply mask my symptoms and hinder healing and recovery.

I got well. Very well. So much so that I now have mental health professionals among my clients.

Why?

I paid a big price. Emotionally, spiritually, psychologically.

Among other things, I decided to seek truth and not my own opinion. I was determined to find a solution.

Years later, I discovered that there is a neuroscience term for part of what happened to my mind during recovery from mental health issues – neuroplasticity.

Today, I consider myself to be one of the most fortunate people in the world and am immensely grateful for the suffering I once experienced. Without it I would have never known the deep joy, peace and wisdom that I enjoy today.

From this standpoint then – a place of knowing that serious mental health issues can be overcome – I have a general tendency to dislike mental health issues being used as excuses for evil or bad behaviour.

We need to own up to and ‘own’ our shit before we can change.

I was an evil little shit (though I never hurt a cat in my life). In recovery, I did NOT make excuses; I got well instead.

Today, I have deep empathy, and in the case of animals, can even ‘communicate’ and heal their minds of deep trauma too. People have noticed. Yes, evidence and results tell.

So if you are in the habit of using mental health issues as an excuse – for yourself, or others – it might be time to stop, and get a life.

Tough words yes, but then, I have been there, and done it.

I’m not some ‘goody two shoes’ politically correct do-gooder with all kinds of certificates and no experience of the fires of mental hell.

Very few truly understand these words:

“Nobody is stronger, nobody is weaker than someone who came back. There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him. We have already paid the price” Elie Wiesel

Cultural Conditioning Can Cause Death

jar of pickled onionsSubconscious mind conditioning can be an extremely dangerous thing…

…not just to you, but to others, including those whom you love – well… those you are supposed to/claim to love.

Take a look at this article: Teenage girl, 15, and her 18-year-old boyfriend killed by train while holding hands in suicide pact ‘because they couldn’t be together for cultural reasons’.

I quote: “The pair left a video about why they couldn’t be together because of ‘cultural and family issues'”

Religious, family and cultural issues can contribute to this type of shocking and terrible waste of being because they are so deeply rooted in our subconscious minds, and thus exert a powerful and pervasive control over our lives. Such cultural conditioning/social conditioning is usually received in childhood, and well before the mind is able to make reasoned and sensible decisions. In other words, we get ‘pickled’ in whatever our parents, family and significant others decide to ‘program’ us with. A pickled onion tastes of vinegar, not onions. Early subconscious mind conditioning can mean that we go through our entire lives thinking a whole load of crap and inflicting ourselves and beliefs upon other people, often believing we are doing the right/best thing.

So, what is the antidote?

It starts with a genuine desire to seek and find truth and wisdom, regardless of our own opinions.

Yes, the ‘price’ is steep.

But it’s worth it.

If you dare.

PS: The term ‘multiculturalism’ is often bandied about today as being a good thing, especially by the ‘politically correct’ brigade. While there are some good aspects to different cultures (and experiencing them), there can be a whole lot of bad – hate, discrimination, murder and more.

Another Word For Religion Is Often Hate. We Need More Spirituality.

Love or hateHate and religion are often (usually it seems) synonymous.

Modern life shows us that. Nothing new there though; it’s been like this for centuries.

Here we read of how Christianity was heavily involved in he deaths of 20 million people in China during the 19th century:

Internally, the Taiping Rebellion (1851–1864) – a quasi-Christian religious movement led by the so-called ‘Heavenly King’ Hong Xiuquan, raided roughly a third of Chinese territory for over a decade until they were finally crushed in the Third Battle of Nanking in 1864. Arguably one of the largest wars in the 19th century in terms of troop involvement, there was massive loss of life, with a death toll of about 20 million.  Towards the end of the Taiping Rebellion came the Dungan Revolt (1862–77) – a largely chaotic uprising by China’s Muslim minorities on the western banks of the Yellow River.

Source: Early photographs offer fascinating insight into 1860s China

20 million!

Australia, where I currently live, had a population of 22.68 million in 2012.

So, the religion inspired war in China led to deaths, size wise, of nearly the entire modern-day population of Australia!

It is clear that we need a lot less religion and more spirituality.

By spirituality I mean the good stuff. I also mean genuine connection to the spiritual world, not just head stuff, dogma and…yes, hate.

The problem with much religious doctrine and thinking is that it leads to hate, or at least the precursors of hate. Yet, if we speak out against certain religions we are deemed racist. We can censure Scientology, or Catholicism, yet if we do the same for Islam, or Judaism, we can often be called ‘racist’, and especially so in the case of Islam.

Being against a religious doctrine is not racism. Religious doctrine is a way of thinking, and is often ‘poisonous’ (hateful) in key areas. The politically correct brigade love to label being anti religion as racism and when they do so, they illustrate their own stupidity, poor vocabulary and even hypocrisy by suppressing freedom of thought, and freedom from hate.

Personally I don’t care what someone’s race is. I do care about what they think however. Thinking leads to good or ill. Not skin color or racial background. But I am not a racist.

Let’s come back to the core issue – religion tends to lead to hate, and many other dreadful outcomes. One example of the latter is the HIV problem in Africa being exacerbated by the Roman Catholic church’s previous stance on birth control (use of condoms). Do you honestly believe that ‘God’ bans, or banned, condoms? The Catholic Church has changed their stance as that link shows, however not long before the shift “The Body” reported: During his 2009 trip to Cameroon, a country with an HIV prevalence rate of over 5%, Pope Benedict XVI made a shocking assertion on condom use to prevent HIV. He told reporters, “You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, it increases the problem.” (Catholics and Condoms: Why What the Pope Says Matters).

One of the reasons religion leads to hate is that many religious leaders are just plain stupid (religion tends to encourage silly thinking). Pope Benedict’s comment above illustrates his lack of understanding (yes, I said Pope Benedict was stupid). Clear thinking and good leadership is needed to avoid hate, and its powerful precursors.

Many religious followers are stupid also, blindly accepting what they have been taught, often from a young age. (They have a subconscious mind problem due to deep conditioning and thus to some extent can’t be blamed).

If you scratch the surface of religion, or most religious people, it won’t take long to find the hate, or the thinking that leads to it. Once, I was a Christian minister (Pentecostal happy clappy places and more). The hate I saw was shocking. Much of it was concealed and often well hidden, at least initially. I got persecuted (hated) severely because I was sincere. The Christian way of seeing others as ‘sinners’ is an example of the step down the road toward alienation, ‘demonization’ (colloquial sense of the word!) and yes…hate. You might meet a friendly Christian, yet inside many harbour thoughts about you being a sinner, and lots of other hateful stuff they won’t say to your face.

Here’s something else which illustrates what I am saying. Have you noticed how much so child abuse goes on in religious circles? That’s partly because of the hate and lack of genuine love. The reason the churches are not full is because there isn’t the love. Love draws people. It repels pedophiles, who don’t really love children as their descriptor might suggest – they ‘feed’ on children.

‘Churchies’ speak of love but manifest hate. Even Jesus warned about religious people, false prophets and how to determine the true nature of people: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (Ref: Wikipedia article expands on issue). I’ve been a fruit inspector for decades. And guess what, I started with myself; which ironically is a core reason the religious zealots didn’t like me. Authenticity is anathema to the Pharisee. If you want to meet lots of Pharisees, go to church.

Until you start with yourself, and clean up your act, and on a deep subconscious level too (remember the subconscious conditioning I mentioned earlier), you will not be able to ‘see’ others clearly. In fact, you will be a slave to your religion, your atheism; or to whatever it is that prevents you from knowing truth and reality. You will be part of the ‘hate problem’.

Over to you.

Get it sorted.