aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Color me unimpressed

A friend was burbling over how much he enjoyed the new TV show, Perception, in which a man subject to hallucinations consults people who aren't there or who died long ago as part of his mental process. He is an ace crime solver who uses his supposed mental defect to his advantage. Yeah, and in some parts of the world, crazy people are thought to be touched by the gods.

I know people who are subject to these kinds of afflictions, and there ain't nothin' cool or attractive or interesting about it. Nor does it ever help you succeed in anything. The mentally ill aren't magic leprechauns who perceive things you and I are too dull and earth-bound to know. They're terribly, tragically ill. And if they don't take their medicine, they will deteriorate even further.

People who think psychosis is cool ought to be given responsibility to care for someone who suffers from schizophrenia. I'd bet they wouldn't patronize "entertainment" of this sort after that.

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