Saturday, 24 August 2013

The most destructive force

First posted in January 2012.
Slightly rewritten.

In a postscript to "The Image of the Beast" by  Philip Jose Farmer, Theodore Sturgeon wrote: 

There is a vast number of honestly simple-minded people who can, without hesitation, define: 
pornography 
God 
right 
evil 
liberty 
law and order 
science fiction 
communism 
freedom 
honorable peace 
obscenity 
love
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 Illness 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, that they are doing this 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 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.

And, when actions like this are criticized, to say:


"But we help so many!" 

and 

"But we're not all like that!" 








Link to a post about help that helped:

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