Madness as a character trait - a brief revision of mental health stigma

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Cover art: photograph taken at a time when I actually had friends (wow!)

Brittney Spears. Remember when you laughed at the “Leave Brittney Alone” girl?


Well, she was right.


Remember when the media used footage of Brittney cutting her long, blonde hair as a sign of mental illness, and her name was dragged through the mud, and you all bought it, as did I?


Well now the same imagery is being used to frame her in a sympathetic light - they cashed in twice on bought paparazzi footage.


And yet you continue to lend credence to these snakes, in your complicity and gullibility, as I did.


We were so quick to dismiss the individuality of Brittney, and left her rotting in a binding conservatorship until the age of fucking 39, the sinister details adding nothing but horror to the story.


Why? Because the media told us, once, that she was mentally ill.


Oh, are we back in One Flew the Cuckoo’s Nest? Nurse Ratched, I asked you a question?


Where exactly do we stand on this?


Why are we so quick to dismiss the mentally ill as unworthy of our attention, as untrustworthy, like ants sprayed with formaldehyde?


Because we fear that we do not understand.


We will never learn our lesson. Not in this life time. There is no next.


That’s just what I think.


So, who cares?


“Death is nothing to us. When we exist, death is not; and when death exists, we are not. All sensation and consciousness ends with death and therefore in death there is neither pleasure nor pain. The fear of death arises from the belief that in death, there is awareness.”


Submitted: November 13, 2021

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dewey green

Poor Brit, now her greedy Mum wants more $$$ for her legal fees, they drove her crazy so they could get their grubby little hands on her cash.
Family...the fucking worst kind of backstabbing cunts.
Pointing fingers and calling another nuts, should be a red flag that something else is going on.

Sat, November 13th, 2021 8:45am


Indeed. She was worth way over 50M, that's for sure. Some cunts are about to get the shit sued out of them.
Fuck her dad in particular.

Dostoyevsky summed it up nicely in Brothers Karamozov:

"Let the son stand before his father and ask him reasonably: ‘Father, tell me, why should I love you? Father, prove to me that I should love you’—and if the father can, if he is able to answer and give him proof, then we have a real, normal family, established not just on mystical prejudice, but on reasonable, self-accountable, and strictly humane foundations. . . . Our tribune, gentlemen of the jury, should be a school of truth and sensible ideas."

Sat, November 13th, 2021 12:51am

dewey green

Corona? You had some shitty friends if they brought that piss...
Reminds me of a joke..."what's making love in a boat, and yank beer have in common? ...They're both fuckin near water..."

Sat, November 13th, 2021 8:48am


Hahahaha. I agree, Dewey. It's just that at the time I had no choice in the matter and doesn't give a fuck so long as alcohol entered my blood.

Yank beer is dog piss. I've had the misfortune of trying Bud Light and Foster's...

I'm not so sure they were shitty friends, probably some of the best I'll ever have. It's just that I am no longer able to trust people enough to physically let them into my life, no matter how close we were. I don't see this ever changing, but so it goes.

Sat, November 13th, 2021 12:54am

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