I can’t sleep, I’m wound up, unable to remember the post, but it was good I tellya, a vetting of the horrifying PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer Lookalike that aired tonight.
So fuckidol, I’ll just spiel away. PBS online has a transcript of the extended interview with Mental Health America President David Shern, big wheel psychologist who discusses the Cho case, and makes an unrelenting pitch for a coercive mental health state, citing “strong scientific instruments” as the research that screams necessity, just as “strong scientific technologies” will be the “instruments of intervention.” This is new and cutting edge all right. Over my dead gramma’s body.
What we need is the political will, says Shern, who rues the barriers that prevent random screenings and what’s coyly known as “assertive community treatment”. Those pesky barriers he can’t bring himself to identify are known as my constitutional civil liberties and American bill of rights.
He laments the defeat of schoolkid mental health screenings by huffy parents and responds with the usual sorry sorry sorry, we have no intention of intruding on the godlike nuclear familly! It’s your biological offspring’s fMRI brainscan we’ll be jizzing all over, what goes on under the roof of your house will not bear a scintilla of scrutiny, ever, promise, lived experience is so 1960s, we don’t do that anymore, we’re big, credible scientists now, on fancy pants PBS.
I’m so old I remember when you lived your life as if it’s real. Seriously, of all the people I’ve read who engaged, confronted, intervened or tried to help Cho I’ve yet to read of one person who validated his rage.
People wanted to change him. Who wouldn’t resent that? How would you like it if I fixed you? First I’ll make you wrong, full stop. I’ll avoid the logic of your life’s trajectory, and teach you evidence-based best practices for how you will now be, founded on a database of all the perennial fuck-ups who came before you who never winned this lottery, due to those pesky, barrier whatchamacallits.
Fixing is noise, a distraction from engaging the aforementioned trajectory. People recognize the pain of people in pain, no matter what moralistic whitewash they conjure up to justify their demonizing. Pain hurts, people don’t want to go there. But mental health people? Do your fucking job. No, let’s do behavioral mod instead, it’s so much more comfortable for me.
What’s wrong with people?
Cho was abused. This is not a controversial assertion.
He had emotional problems. That is.
He was scary, and it worked for him. He scared people and he knew it and they played into the charade, he disturbed, yes, people called him disturbing. Mind games are a blast but they are banal, hate to break it to you. It’s a powerful trip to disrupt other people’s peace of mind when you feel weaker than them. Scaring you is always going to happen, it’s how the weak and pathetic compensate for their status of weak and pathetic. Anyone ever tell him “you scare me?” Game over.
Inferiority complex, I’m just too quaint for the likes of Now. Here’s the rub: a threatening facade is open to interpretation. In reality nothing happens until it happens. Me? I believe people start with a game and get stuck in a trance, and negative creep is one result of sheer desperation, you resort to scaring people. I’ll be an irritant, to prove I’m alive, all other attempts at influencing my environment having met with failure. No, go ahead, ignore me. Ha ha ha ha.
When you’ve been nullified you will nullify, be hated and you will hate, been invalidated, you invalidate, this is how people learn, we’re not that complicated, and to expect them to learn otherwise is unrealistic and grossly unfair.
It’s not about morality. There is nothing moral or immoral about being a pathetic loser, perennial fuck-up, menacing and cold hearted negative creep, it’s straightforward, linear progression, the cause and effect of human character. These are scars. Vengeance, resentment, anyone who doesn’t understand that hasn’t suffered sufficiently.
To heal means to revisit. But that’s good news, innit, to find the cure is in the wound? Cho was bullied, ostracized, and a disaster with women. His problems were interpersonal, that is where they would have been resolved. You had a billion chances to prevent this, he said. Then he killed the thing he needed. He knew that too, but let’s talk about assertive community treatment, Dr. Shred, why no mention of his rage and resentment? Rage too scary a word these days? Or does associating emotion with killers make them a little too human for the comforts of scientific inquiry? But they’re the menace, right, these monsters.
Anger will never go away. Thanks to CBT we now have interventions that feed the rage we dismiss as irrelevant, what we do with angry people is shove it right back down their throat, it’s called anger management, out of sight, out of mind, these are psychologists, but not the good kind.
That is what our overlords are out to eliminate — protest.
I don’t know where I’m going with this. I swear my first post was a coherent and devastating takedown of a dystopian science fiction episode of masterpiece theatre PBS tried to pass off as 21st century American progress. A journalist and everything. On PBS, which rhymes with ass. Before I fold let me beat you bloody with the cluestick: It’s no secret you have to force unwilling people into mental health treatment because what passes for treatment is unbearable. Fix that.