There are better ways to spend ones time than in a mental health treatment facility. I make this point because apparently it is a difficult one for some people to grasp. If the educational system took the bull by the horns and tackled the matter of absurdity in contemporary life early in life, perhaps things would be very different from the way they are now. Instead mental illness has become just one of a number of absurd endeavors people end up pursuing rather than something that makes sense. It’s easy to get depressed, for example, when you are working a stupid job for stupid bosses that you hate just to be bringing home a paycheck. There aren’t a lot of books that admit that this is a rut that people get stuck in, and yet it is a common rut. This is a rut for people with a herd mentality, but should one break away from the herd, and try to forge one’s own path apart from the herd; the difficulties can be even greater.
This lesson is a lesson that some people never learn. I mean you’ve got people who go into mental health treatment who never come out of mental health treatment. You’ve got people who are treating people for mental health conditions who can’t stop treating people for mental health conditions. When treatment means encouraging people to spend their entire lives in mental health treatment, well, it’s taken a whole new twist, don’t you think? Even when the notion of teaching mental wellness enters the picture it’s a long drawn out process with an uncertain outcome, or so they say. It’s so much easier and effective just to chuck the textbook. The companion volume to the mental wellness textbook, after all, is the mental illness textbook. The literature on the matter is everywhere, and it says the same blasted thing, and the answer is always and everywhere to come to the exact opposite conclusions from the literature. The tenacity of the disease is much greater when reinforced with a fervent faith in that tenacity. The mental illness literature merely says believe in that tenacity.
We have for ages been developing what I like to refer to as the mental illness excuse. It’s the mentality that says I can’t because I have a mental illness rather than the mentality that says I can because I’m mentally healthy. Furthermore, as in criminal behavior, it’s blaming ‘the disease’–a lack of controll–for ones actions. The blame is being shifted here, not to another person, but to another aspect of oneself. Should a person question this mentality, such a person would be stigmatizing people of the sort who think they can’t because they think they have a mental illness. Talk about the negative power of thinking. Or do I mean the power of negative thinking? There is another way, and this other way involves the assuming of personal responsibility for one’s actions. The person who takes personal responsibility for his or her actions can no longer blame God, the devil, other people, illicit substances, or any disease on those actions. The person who takes responsibility for his or her actions is accountable for those actions. So much for excuses of any sort.