Edited on Jan 12th
Theodore Sturgeon, in his postscript to "The Image of the Beast" by Philip Jose Farmer:
There is a vast number of honestly simple-minded people who can, without hesitation, define:
law and order
and think, and act, and legislate, and sometimes burn, jail, and kill on the basis of their definitions. These are the Labellers, and they are without exception the most lethal and destructive force ever faced by any species on this or any other planet..."
Theodore Sturgeon forgot "mental illness".
Mental Health Labellers have the power to think, and act, and legislate, and brainwash and medicate, sicken, incarcerate, and kill on the basis of their definitions.
I prefer to assume that they are all doing this with the very best of intentions, because they are convinced that they are helping people in the best possible way.
This assumption is extremely liberating, as I don't have to waste time on considering their motives, and can concentrate on what they are doing, which is ...
... to think, and act, and legislate, and brainwash and medicate, sicken, incarcerate, and kill on the basis of their definitions.
I am extremely critical of Mental Health Labellers.
And I have written about helpers who help.