Often when I am writing and the subject of being not right in the head comes up, I will be happily clacking along the key board,
tap tap tap tap tappity tap tap …tap …t..a..p
and am stopped short by the fact I am in a place where I am not happy to be.
It may go something like this;
My name is Lizzie, I have a Serious Mental Illness, therefore I am mentally ill.
Crickets chirp and time passes by as I stare at the words, if I can even get them out, often I am loathe to type them. It is not, in my mind, a fair representation of who I am and what I am and what I have. It is correct but you know, I would rather be called crazy. Call me crazy but it just makes more sense.
We throw crazy around as a term which can mean a whole slew of things from the funny to using it as an insult. Yes I have been insulted by being called crazy. but I would really rather that than mentally ill. I have been zinged just as much and even more hurtful by the term mentally ill. True story.
We live in a world of PC (politically correct) terms that are designed to not hurt the feelings of any specific group which happens to bitch and moan enough about the insensitive jerks using terms we don’t like because they peg us as different or less than, and are flung in derogatory ways which we don’t like the tone of.
Some brilliant person decided to nip this normal idiotic human behavior of trying to point out another’s flaws to make themselves feel better by making it a matter of politics. Or something like that.
Because saying a term is not PC, is going to stop the insensitive jerks from flinging it around in a derogatory way. I am pretty sure they don’t give a monkey’s butt and still use the term freely and with even more intended malice now that they know it hurts our feelings. I mean c’mon.
It’s the best reach around for getting over the free speech part of the first amendment if you ask me, which you didn’t but you are here, so in a way, you did, are, well would have asked, if you knew I had such a well thought out opinion. Right? Oh what I was saying was when groups first started complaining of their collective panties being wadded up, and the politicians started caring, I mean looking for a way to get the votes, they couldn’t outright ban words or phrases now could they?
That would be infringing on our rights as Americans to speak freely without threat of censure. So they decided persecution from the social arena was even more scathing than anything they could come up with in terms of banning and punishing those who ignored the ban monetarily or civilly. plus they avoided the whole being sued for stomping all over the rights of Americans who are insensitive jerks and throw around terms in derogatory fashion for the sole purpose of (falsely) raising themselves to a higher level in who knows whose esteemed opinion. Which is kind of the real problem here, who is it they are trying to impress, but that’s another day. Or another 1000 to 1500 words today, your choice.
I can go either way. Ok moving on then…
Don’t get me wrong here, I honestly think there used to be some good to the PC thing. It does good to bring awareness to a group of people and help ease any stigma and more importantly feeling of being different, in a less than you are way. What happened is what always happens with humans, we took it too far. Every pansy poo head whiner that decided they didn’t like the way some low life loser said their particular brand of being different, would cry foul and the political correct police would start a campaign to rid society of the word in question that caused offense.
In other words, it allowed us to get butt hurt at stupid stuff.
Lunatic, is not pc anymore. I happen to like the word. Pink Floyd does too. Lunatic being a recent addition to the no no list I don’t think Pink Floyd suffered too much social backlash for using it in a song, album, life. What do you think would happen if they tried to put that out today.?
PC takes whatever it is and bans through social means the use of slang terms and requires the proper labeling of all groups different and afflicted. It is meant to make things all nice nice for said afflicted to be called by their proper terms rather than slang such as, lunatic, retard, fag, I can think if a hundred more, terms we used in place of longer more formal terms to label the same group of people, but were seen as derogatory because they were used in jokes and common conversation, and then by insensitive jerks with a sneer on their face to hurt the person it is aimed at.
Can I tell you something? If the insensitive jerk sneers when he says it, mentally ill, mentally disordered, mentally challenged, hurts just as much as crazy lunatic, freak, fucked in the head. It’s not really about the words see, it’s about who says them and in what manner.
Proper terms do not change the assholes intent. They do not lessen the sting of words thrown with disgust or meant to degrade. I am a big believer in words, you would think I would be all for and all about PC. Sometimes the words themselves are lost when the meaning is made clear no matter the term.
In terms of the words. let’s look at crazy vs mentally ill. First impressions anyone?
I will give you mine, since I have your attention,
Crazy; wacky kooky, different, unique, less inhibited, open. happy, carefree
Mentally Ill; sick, dark twisted thoughts, depression, drooling, not right, not good, sad
I am being 100 percent honest with you folks please don’t jump down my throat for telling you exactly what I see. Besides I am the one either crazy or mentally ill, both actually.
I hate the tem mentally ill. It means without mental health. “of unsound mind” according to the dictionary. Can I ask you honestly, while I have gone off my rocker a time or two, do you really think overall I am of unsound mind ? Really? I only think I am because they say I am. It also means suffering a pattern of psychological distress, and I will concede that does adequately fit but not …ok that fits.
Crazy has a slew of meanings, one being overly enthusiastic, one being lunatic, which is defined as an obsolete term for being legally insane or foolish eccentric or absurd. The other definitions aren’t nice, just like mentally ill isn’t particularly nice but I would rather be eccentric, foolish, yes even absurd than mentally deranged. I find it odd that both definitions contain the word, dangerous.
So all in all, it’s all the same really, one is not literally better than another it seems to be a matter of public opinion as to which words sound smoother, less sharp and hurtful.
Again I say, the words matter not when delivered with venom.
So given the choice, I prefer crazy over mentally ill, and I actually like the word lunatic but that’s now obsolete thanks to PC but my overall preference? Don’t be an insensitive jerk , make it a term of endearment, and you can call me anything you want. It won’t hurt my feelings is you say it right.
And we are all just mad here anyways.
- A Lunatic State (considertheteacosy.wordpress.com)
- Mental Health community warns against Newtown stigma (timesunion.com)
- New York City plans to ban use of “mentally retarded,” people freak out (lovethatmax.com)
- Banning “Lunatic” (webnerhouse.com)
- Ruined words and seeking justice (hopeworkscommunity.wordpress.com)
- PC Insantiy Cripples U.S. Military (counterjihadreport.com)
- 2012: The Year in PC (takimag.com)
- Be Trendy, Be PC (bizgovsocfive.wordpress.com)
- Being Civil and Political Correctness Will Not Avert a US 2nd Civil War!!! It Will Help it Along Though….. (kuuleme69.wordpress.com)