Those Who Choose Evil


Stacy McCain has a provocative post up about the intersection between some forms of mental illness and evil. While I don’t agree with everything he writes, his general trajectory is sensible. Read the whole thing.

When Jesus was asked to sum up the Law, He replied that we are to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. Then He added a phrase that is more correctly translated, “And you shall be loving those around you as you ideally love yourself.” Not as we actually love ourselves but as we should love ourselves.

There are people who are mad, so completely bonkers, that they truly aren’t responsible for their actions. There are also folks who know right from wrong and who choose evil. Some of these may have a biochemical imbalance in their brain chemistry, but they still know what they are doing and choose not to moderate their behavior.

How do you think Society should protect itself from such people?

7 thoughts on “Those Who Choose Evil

  1. There should be a national dialog about the need for caring, humane and effective treatment in a proper setting for those with mental illness. Sequestration for those with violent tendencies or uncontrollable behaviors. A safe (for both the ill person and society at large) environment where their illness can be treated, work as appropriate for the individual (janitorial within the facility, research work for the brilliant and gifted but ill, etc) all in a community based setting. These “wards of the state” and the institutions that care for them must be funded by each individual state as part of it’s community responsibilities. That being said, religious institutions should not be prohibited from engaging in this effort, they should be encouraged as that is part of their responsibility as charged by Christ.
    This is a very troubling subject that really needs to be addressed instead of gun control. Regulating inanimate objects whilst allowing the mentally ill to be free of care and control is a recipe for disaster.

  2. As a mental health professional, let me weigh in briefly.

    {{There should me a national dialog about the need for caring, humane and effective treatment in a proper setting for those with mental illness.}}

    We already had this “dialog” in the 1980′s, which consisted of liberals shouting down the mental health professionals as “inhumane”, and crying loudly that the new standard should be “a danger to themselves or others,” which is an ephemeral standard that moves with the wind and whims of the judiciary. As a result, it became almost impossible to hospitalize anyone with a recognized mental illness for more than 30 days a year, and funding for chronic mental illnesses like schizophrenia dried up. Pursuant to that, mental health institutions rolled up their mats and closes en masse, throwin hundreds of thousands of society’s least able to be thrown out into the streets, thus creating the “homeless” population.

    I know. I was there. I watched this happen.

    {{Sequestration for those with violent tendencies or uncontrollable behaviors. A safe (for both the ill person and society at large) environment where their illness can be treated, work as appropriate for the individual (janitorial within the facility, research work for the brilliant and gifted but ill, etc) all in a community based setting.}}

    Can’t be done any more for more than 30 days at a time; the judges won’t allow it. See above.

    {{These “wards of the state” and the institutions that care for them must be funded by each individual state as part of it’s community responsibilities.}}

    Please realize this is an Obamacare ancillary argument that should be peddled somewhere else.

    {{This is a very troubling subject that really needs to be addressed instead of gun control.}}

    Very much agree. My favorite comment on this subject was seen at a gun show lately; “If GUNS kill people, how is it that ANYONE leaves a gun show alive?”

    Guns laws failed us completely in Connecticut.
    **The school was a “gun-free zone”? Really? Sure didn’t stop him, did it?
    **They had locked doors for security? He shot out a window and walked through it.
    **He was denied a permit to own a gun? He stole his mother’s guns and shot her in the face.

    In fact, the town where this happened had just recently completed a city council debate on more strict gun laws, and had turned them down.

    Gun Control is based on the lie that a Criminal will obey just one more law. meanwhile, the mentally ill suffer and die on our city’s streets rather than “warehoused” in institutions, where they’d be fed, cared for, and treated.

    Tell me which alternative is more humane.

    • Yep. The reasons you point out are the reason we need a NEW dialog, keeping in mind the failures of the current view and treatment. Time for the pendulum to swing back to sanity.

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  4. We need to have a dialogue about how to protect unarmed people from armed people.

    In my view, the best way to protect unarmed people from armed people is to allow the unarmed people to arm themselves. This might require allowing some responsible adults to behave like responsible adults and carry weapons.

  5. Stacy McCain pointed out that Mary Jo Kapechne wasn’t available for comment. I would add that neither is Julia Scyphers.

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