We live in a world of implicit censorship. Wrongthink is ridiculed at best and persecuted at worst. Movements like #MeToo seek to criminalize and ostracize many, when in some cases, no wrong has been done. Demographics are silenced because they are not in the in-groups of the power-elite. Nowhere is this more evident than with matters of psychology. Neurotypicals (both in the “non-antisocial” and “normal” sense) are afraid of the neurodivergent, and thus seek to silence what they fear, so that the horrors they face become without voice. By removing the fangs of the perceived enemy, there is nothing left but the will of those in power. This should be considered unacceptable, but often it is only the marginalized that truly understand the power play involved.
Yesterday, a gunman killed several people in a movie theater in the United States. Described as mentally ill and potentially racist, the exact reasons why the killing occurred remain unclear at the time of this writing. However, individuals are already turning to social media to explain their own views. The more extreme views dismiss the possibility of mental illness, proclaiming racism as the sole motivator and others are proclaiming the opposite. Can’t an individual be both mentally ill and a domestic terrorist? Dismissing either is dangerous but is often done in the name of political correctness. This post will focus on my belief that mental illness should never be an excuse for bad behavior, but neither should it be ignored.