Posted by Squiggles on June 10, 2007, at 8:01:32
In reply to Re: And not all psychol. probs are under one's con, posted by linkadge on June 10, 2007, at 7:37:23
In matters of conduct, biology precedes
all education and training and determines
the course of temperament most likely to be taken.
There have been mentally ill people since ancient
times who may have struggled against their demons
and rarely succeeded. Medication changes the man,
making him more reasonable and taking him out
of a madness in which he cannot exercise reason or behaviour he would like to. This is why the law recognizes and adjusts penalty according to degrees of sanity.
To the anti-psychiatry group, which pretends to be able to cure madness and its results through compassion alone, i would remind them of one of Aesop's Fables:
"Caxton's translation (1484)
Of the man and of the serpent
He that leneth and helpeth the euylle men / synneth / for after that men haue doo to them some good / they hurte them afterward / For as men sayen comynly / yf ye kepe a man fro the galhows / he shalle neuer loue yow after / wherof Esope reherceth suche a fable / A man was somtyme / whiche fond a serpent within a vyne / and for the grete wynter and frost the serpent was hard / and almost dede for cold wherof the good man had pyte and toke and bare her in to his hows and leyd her before the fyre / and so moche he dyd that she came ageyne in to her strengthe and vygour / She beganne thenne to crye and whystled about the hows and troubled the good wyf / and the children / wherfor this good man wold haue her oute of his hows / And whanne he thoughte to haue take her she sprange after his neck for to haue strangled hym /
And thus hit is of the euyll folk whiche for the good done to them / they yeld ageyne euyll and deceyuen them whiche haue had pyte on them / And also theyre felauship is not good ne vtyle /"