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12-20-2012, 06:01 PM
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thestonedkoala
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Originally Posted by Osprey View Post
I think that no one today really understands mental illness. Those who think that they do are kidding themselves, IMO. You may have a closer personal or professional connection, but it doesn't mean that you understand it. To be honest, there's a dangerous bit of hubris in calling others "ignorant," as though you're enlightened, especially regarding a frontier subject such as this. That's not a helpful attitude, IMO. You don't have a dialogue and persuade others by calling them ignorant and publicly banging your head on the wall when they say something that you disagree with. That only convinces yourself of your righteousness, which can be an impediment to your own consideration of other viewpoints. Just consider that, a hundred years from now, society will shake its head at what even the most "enlightened" of us thought that we'd figured out in 2012. Our best treatments might very well seem to 2112 society to be as ridiculous as "walking off" cancer seems now.
Uh. What?

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