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The saying
“none of us is
free as long as some
are not free” seems
more true than ever
in
these
oppressive times. We
can’t
expect to find
joy and
wholeness
without
changing
our
environment,
without changing
the very
structures of reality. Thusany
real, profound
healing
will
necessarily involve
a
healing of
the planet
and society as a whole.

1

INTRODUCTION


WE ARE PLEASED
TO
PUBLISH THIS ANONYMOUS
TEXT
WHICHappeared on the old
website of the 325
Collective
in2003 and which
was
re-
edited and published online

in
2011.
We don’t agree with this
text
entirely
and

are pessimistic about the prospect of a wide-spread‘healing’ of Earth or
the masses
of society

as hasalways been the case, minorities will
throw off
the
chains of social
obligations, will
seize their own life
trajectory
and
wilfully
define themselves, finding
each other and
creating
unique moments
of beauty,
life and freedom. Maybe
in
the ruins
of
techno-
industrial
mass society a widespread healing
will
occur.
For the time being,
we aim to
liberate

ourselves from the cage
we’ve been
born into,

alongside as many
others as possible. This
means
overcoming
the limiting
constraints of our mental
patterns and
freeing
ourselves from the self-fulfilling
diagnoses
of
mental
illness,
to
glory
in
ourinscrutable
uniqueness and
our dysfunctionality

ourrefusal
to be working, integrated components of themegamachine.

The zine ‘
Beyond Amnesty’ (downloadable from
325.nostate.net)
is
also
well
worth
reading,
apiercing and
personal
attack
on psychiatry
and thisprison society
that drives us to
self-destruction.
Anticivilisation
thinkers such as Chellis Glendinning, John
Zerzan and
Derrick
Jensen have traced the pathologyof modern society
to its root
in
domestication,
and
the growing patterns of control,
repression, abuseand
self-destruction.
It
will
take
the
deliberate


2

violation of the control
patterns
instilled by the
tranquilising
institutions of society
to reclaim
our
wilful
self-empowered
autonomy.

We
remember
the
suicides
and
drug
abuse
andsay
the deaths are murders by this
dominator
system.
We
are in
an existential
struggle
and
have
declared revolutionary war to the end.

23


“Two roads diverged in the woods.
I
took
the one

less
travelled
by,
and
that
has
made
all
the

difference.

- Robert Frost

As far as we know,
we only
have one life
on this
planet. Why
should
we waste it
trying to adaptourselves
to
the
always
more
demanding
expectations of this
insane
society
when there is
so
much to live, explore, experience and
discover?

Changes always come
from below and the oldstructures of oppression will
inexorably
fall
when
we
stop relying on them.
We will
then finally
be able
to
create a new
culture of diversity
and
solidarity
where
everyone is
accepted (and
loved!) for
who they
are!

The good news is
that
any
change
we
make
insociety
through
our actions is
likely
to
have
much
more impact on our lives than any
treatment done
alone at home! This
doesn’t mean we
have to
createa new class of professionals who will
tell
others how
to live,
that’s the very thing
we are opposing! Just
like the position of
a teacher over his students
automatically prevents any
teaching
to
occur,
the
authority of a healer
rules out any
real
healing.
Effective
healing
is
non-
hierarchical,
with
allindividuals healing
and
being
healed at the same

time.
We have
been
staying
alone for too
long! After
too many
years of isolation and
alienation,
some
have given up
the hope that someone will
one daytruly understand
them
(as opposed to
just
being
“compassionate” like
their psychiatrist

if
they
are
lucky).
Enough despair, enough
division!
We are

here, the “insane”, the “angry”,
“the unstable”,
the
“chaotic”,
the “depressed” …


22


lifetime, no matter
how different
they are
from the

current “norms”?

The norms are and
have
always been illusoryanyway. Quantum
physics tell
us we are the cocreators
of the universe, that the only fact ofobserving
an
object changes its
nature and that our

subjective” mind has a much
more
important role
inreality than most materialists think.
The way we see

reality” and
ourselves has more to
do
with our
mental
environment
(“the Matrix”) than with any
kind
of materialist reality or genetic predispositions.
If we are able
to somehow go beyond the mental
structures of
civilization, if
we are able
to transcend
them, then everything
becomes possible!

“Man is ignorant of the
nature of his own
being and

powers.
Even his idea of his limitations is based on
experience
of the
past,
and
every step in
his
progress extends his
empire.
There is
therefore no
reason to assign theoretical
limits to what he may

be, or what he may do.”
- Aleister Crowley

To follow our path,
we must first
know what we
want. We must
learn
to listen to our
inner
voice, ourunconscious, our true
will, that something inside of

each one of us
which intuitively know what’s the best

direction to take. This
may mean turning
off,
at least
for a while, all
the background noise of civilization,
like television,
radio,
newspapers and
eventuallyfriends. All
our
conditioned fears,
desires and
ideas
of our limitations will
not go away
at the
second we
isolate
ourselves
but
we
may
find
meditationvaluable
to
help
us
in
this
process.

3


URGENT
MESSAGE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE OR ARE IN DANGER OF
BEING
LABELLED
MENTALLY
ILL

by anonymous, 325 Website


4


SELLING
CURES FOR THE
PROBLEMS
THEY
CREATED

IT IS WELL
KNOWN THAT
DEPRESSION HAS BEEN
ON
A
STEADYrise
in
the
past
few
decades.
This
increase

apparently
isn’t about
to stop since the World
Health

Organization

2020,
depress(WHO)
recently
predicted
that,
by

ion
would
be
the
second
most
prevalent health problem
in
the world, just below
heart disease, and
offered as an explanation that thiswas due to a previous underestimation of the
number of people
suffering
from this

illness”.

Couldn’t the
increasing
feeling
of emptiness
and
worthlessness characteristic of
depression be
related to the society
we
live
in,
at a time
when
people
lose themselves in
consumption and
mass
entertainment
to
avoid
thinking
about
their
miserable
life, their economic
survival
or
the ongoingdestruction of the planet?
While
the “experts” paidby pharmacology
corporations will
invariably
answer
that depression
is
a brain
disorder due to a
“chemical
imbalance”,
the result
of some faulty genes they
have yet to identity,
we cannot help
to wonder how
this
could not be environmental
considering
there
was no such thing
as depression
in
Africa beforecolonization?

“Depression has widely been touted as endemic to

the 20-something generation.
Severe depression is
10
times
more
prevalent today than it was
50
years
ago, and it strikes
a full
decade
earlier
in life on
average than it
did a
generation ago. Such
feelings
and
behaviours testify
to frustration and despair that
have nowhere
to go
when the
social landscape is so

21


revolution,
no struggle, no
path; already
you’re the
monarch of
your own
skin

your inviolable freedom
waits to be completed only by the love of other
monarchs:
a
politics
of
dream,
urgent
as
the

blueness of sky.”
- Hakim
Bey

Depending
on how many
years have been
spent onthe mental
health
industry
(or under the
judgment of
society)
, changing
this belief can be difficult but
it’s
possible!
Pay
attentions
to
your
beliefs
in
your
day-
by-day
life, play
with
different
paradigms (belief-
systems) for a
day, for a week, for a month.
Hack
into
your reality-tunnel
and accept the
idea
that
you
are not inferior but simply
different,
that
we are in
fact all
different. If you need some
inspiration or if

you aren’t quite convinced that beliefs have
a role
to

play, read some books on cognitive
liberty,
neurolinguistic
programming or chaos. It might forever
change
the way
you view “reality”.


FOLLOWING
OUR PATH


OUR MIND IS SELF-
CREATED,
IT
HAS DEVELOPED OVER
THE

years as we were bouncing
on “reality”
and
other

human beings. There is
no
rigid structure
that every
brain follows,
even if

understand
how we
th
some models
are useful
to

ink. As a consequence, we allhave
completely
different
potentials
andshortcomings. Instead
of focusing
on our “problems”,
wouldn’t
it
be more
sensible
to promote our gifts,
skills, desires,
sensitivities, so that each
one of usmake the most of their potential
during
their
limited


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MORE THAN HEALING


AT THIS POINT SOMETHING SHOULD BE
CLARIFIED:
THIS
ISnot
just
about
healing,
because
this
idea
wouldsuppose there is
a plateau to be reached,
a sense ofeternal
well-
being to
be found. There
isn’t any,
except
on
fairy
tales
andRemember: permanent happiness advertisements.
s
their myth!

iPersonal
development
(or whatever name
you preferto give
it) is
in
fact an
on-going
cyclic
process wherethe travel matters more
than
the
destination.

To be able
to travel
more freely,
you’ll want to
unload
from
your
shoulders
all
the
burden
ofpsychiatric conditioning and especially
the idea that
there is
something
wrong with you. As
it
should
besaid
more often: you are perfect as you are! Youhave done your best
given your situation and,
even ifthe path you took until
now has been more difficultthan others,
this
doesn’t mean you’re
a failure!

Normal” people
will
have to go through this one daytoo, or else they will
never have the chance
to growup.

You are what you believe you are. If you insist
on believing that you are a helpless victim
of a
terrible
illness whose
salvation
lies on the
hands of a
few mega-
corporations, this
is
what you’ll
eventuallyexperience all
your
life. What do you want?

“They lied to you,
sold
you ideas of good &
evil,
gave

you
distrust
of
your
body
&
shame
for
your
prophethood of chaos,
invented words of disgust your
molecular
love,
mesmerized
you
with
inattention, bored you with
civilization
&
all its
usurious
emotions.
There
is
no
becoming,
no

5


frozen.
Disaffection or even opposition
are quickly
marketed
into sellable style images;
alienation as
fashion.
Meanwhile suicide, perhaps the ultimate
regression,
has
been
on a steady
rise for several

decades.”
- John
Zerzan

At best depression is
considered as a necessary side-
effect of “progress” —
just like civilian murders are a
“collateral
damage”
of war

but
“experts” always

affirm
that more scientific research is
the onlysolution to the problem.
Until
these mythical
geneshave
been
found and we
can all
live
in
the
promised
techno-
virtual
“paradise”
as
genetically-modified
human beings, the pharmacology
industry
is
of
course delighted to sell
drugs to help
humanity
deal

with
its
“chemical
imbalances”,
just like
we
are
sold
bottled water
to “
solve” the problem
of water

pollution.


A
BRAVE NEW
WORLD?


UNFORTUNATELY
IF
THEY DISCOVER
A
PERFECT DRUG
TO
remove all
the symptoms
of
depression and
stress,

they won’t stop here. As
it
is
becoming
increasingly

clear, their
interest is not happiness and
well-beingof the whole of humanity,
as
they promise, but
“progress” and
the
on-going
technological
race. Such
a drug would
in
reality be
an opportunity
to
increase
the
demands
of
society
and
the
stress-
anddepression-inducing
effects
of
our
environment.
Ourdependency on
drugs
will
force in
turn others to usethem to be able
to compete and
survive.


6


“Imagine
a
society that subjects
people
to
conditions
that make them
terribly
unhappy, then gives them
the drugs to take
away
their unhappiness. Science
fiction? It is already happening to some
extent in our
own society. Instead
of removing the conditions that
make
people depressed,
modern
society gives them
antidepressant
drugs. In
effect, antidepressants are

a means of modifying an individual’s internal
state in

such a way as
to
enable him
to tolerate social

conditions that he would
otherwise find intolerable.

-
Theodore
Kaczynski
While
until
recently
society
had to adapt to the limits
of human beings, the situation has been
reversed

and
it’s now human
beings who have to
adapt to
society.
Is that their
idea
of a “perfect world”? And

more
importantly,
is
that
yours?

Since this
essential
question never generates
any
debate in
mainstream
media, it
seems
that
pharmacology
corporations have already
answeredfor us.
Using
the false promises
of consumerism


our product will solve all your problems
and
make
you feel
fulfilled just like
these idealized
images you
see on our
ads”

the sales of anti-depressants hasincreased
by 800%
in
the
90.
s alone.
They
now claim
that one american out
of five, a
market
of over 50millions
people,
“needs a cure urgently”. Is it
urgentbecause people
are finally
waking
up
and
they needto be plugged back into the
Matrix
of
illusion before
they see the desert of
the
real
world
they
live in?

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can truly understand us without re-
experiencing our
whole life!

The idea is
not necessarily to reject psychiatryas a whole but to let people
choose
what they feel
isbest
for
them,
by
showing
them
the
different
alternatives available
and educating them
about the
lies of the
mental
health
industry. Most importantly,
we are not looking
for an unique “Truth”,
we want
each individual to understand
how their mind works,
seek their own solutions and have the
freedom toenact whatever course of action they feel
is
best.
Self-exploration allows
any
of us
to
evolve from the
status of helpless victims to the one
of healers.
This
is
the spirit
of do-it-yourself
applied to the
brain!

Alternatives to traditional
“treatments” existand
most have existed long
before a professionalclass of psychiatrists was created. Examples are :
Meditation,
yoga,
magick, self-hypnosis,
herbal
&
nutritional
treatment,
cognitive
therapy,
neurolinguistic
programming (NLP). All are useful
pieces inour toolboxes. Most
of
them also have a holistic
point
of view,
which emphasizes the importance of the
whole and
the interdependence of the parts,
an ideamost psychiatrists completely
reject!

The
solution will
not come from
above
oroutside, but from below and
within. Our
unconscious
wants to help
our conscious mind
to heal,
if
only
we
listen to
it.
Changes inevitably
happen when wefinally take responsibility for who we
are, for our life,
for our community,
for our planet, for our
future. We
aren’t fooled anymore by
society’s doubletalk
which
tells us
to be “responsible
citizens” while asking us tofollow orders from above without questioning.
We
want real responsibility and real
freedom!


18


RECLAIMING OUR
MINDS


MAKE
NO
MISTAKE:
THIS
LENGTHY
ANALYSIS
ONcivilization and
psychiatry
is
not used to push off
ourresponsibility,
to blame all
our problems on others.
We are all
too eager to finally reclaim
our minds! We
don’t need “professionals” to tell us how
to live,
people
have found this
by themselves for millions of

years, and
those “experts”
prevent people
thinking

for
themselves,
providing
instead
ready-
made
explanations for any
difficulty
they may
encounter in
their development.

“Either you think

or else
others
have to
think for
you and take
power
from
you, pervert and
discipline

your natural tastes,
civilize
and
sterilize
you.


F.
Scott Fitzgerald

Victimism
leads people
to feel
that they
must have
some kind
of professional
to help
them

mental
health
agent,
religious leader,
educator,
fashion
adviser

because
they
are
incapable
ofindependently maki

out their
own act
ng their own decisions or carrying

ivities. This
is
not the case! We are
all
capable of finding
our way to healing,
it’s only
thebelief that
we are
not
which makes us
stuck!

Who can know better than ourselves what’s
going
on in
our minds? Our
deep
fears, motivations,
desires are usually
beyond
words and
they
reachsuch a deep layer of
our reality that few psychiatristcould find about them, especially
not
under the
pressure
of
insurance
companies
to
be
more

efficient”.
The way
we think
and
see the world isentirely
dependent on our past experiences. No one

7


THE MYTH OF PERMANENT
HAPPINESS


ONE
EFFECT
OF
THE
EXCESSIVE
MARKETING
FROM
THEpharmacology
industry,
and
the
many
other

industries promoting “health” as a
value,
is
the

creation
of
an
unique
ideal
that everyone is
supposed

to cling to.
These
“fullfilled” consumers
we see on

ads have become, consciously
or unconsciously,
some kind
of role
models
for most of us.
They
make
us believe that permanent happiness is
possible, the
biggest myth of them
all.

“Suffering is a
misunderstanding.
It exists.
It’s
real. I
can call
it
a misunderstanding,
but
I can’t pretend
that it
doesn’t exist,
or
will
ever cease
to exist…
There are times
I

I am very frightened.
Any
happiness seems trivial.
And yet,
I wonder if
it isn’t
all
a
misunderstanding

this
grasping
after
happiness, this fear of pain… If instead of fearing it

and
running from it, one
could get through it, go

beyond it. I don’t know how to say
it. But I believe

that the reality of pain
is
not
pain. If you
can endure

it all the
way.

- Ursula Le
Guin

Human
beings, like any
conscious
organisms, aredualistic by
nature. We can’t know the
sweet without
knowing
the sour. We can’t experience
happiness

without experiencing sadness. With our
attempt to
eliminate sadness, with our obsession for
positivism,
we have only
found emotional
death.
This
is the way
someone suffering
from depression feels.
In fact,
itcould be argued that
a depressive
person is different

from a “normal”
person only
in
her awareness of
the

poverty of her emotional
life.
Too afraid
of
terror,
we


8


have become
unable
to feel
joy. To be
able
to go
beyond that, pain
should
be embraced like any otherfeelings.

“Chagrin, shame, fear, terror, anger are transient
madness.”
- Benjamin Rush, father of
American
psychiatry

Individuals
labelled with
manic-
depression
(bipolardisorder), on the other hand, experience both statesintensely.
While
mania
is
accepted
and
evenpromoted by our society
(think
about shoppingsprees),
the depressive
episodes are frowned upon.
Take a minute and
ask yourself:
is
this
intensity
necessarily
bad for the person
or is
it a problem onlybecause it
doesn’t
fit in
the
myth
of permanenthappiness promoted
by modern society?
Yes, manic-
depression cause
suffering
and
makes it
difficult to

live a “normal”
life,
but
isn’t it also a way to

experience life
more deeply?


NORMALITY
VS.
DIVERSITY


WHAT WE OBSERVE
IS THAT,
WHILE SOME PROBLEMS
SUCHas depression and
stress seem
to
be the result
of ourdecadent mental
landscape, other states
of mind

have become a problem only
because they don’t fit

within
the grand
schemes of civilization, wherenormality makes
it
easier to enforce “order”.
They
use cultural
differences for marketing
purpose but
inthe end
everyone
is supposed to
buy
the sameproducts and
have the same
desires: a stableincome, an happy
family, a
nice house, a perfectly


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NATURAL
HEALING


THE MOST PROBLEMATIC
EFFECT
OF THESE DRUGS,
HOWEVER,
is
that they often prevent
individuals to
go through
the natural
healing
process
which
requires
a
dynamicchaotic void
before a healthy restoration is
possible.
Real
healing
is
not
a slow gradual process, aspsychiatrists
would
like
to
believe,
but is
cyclic,
withits
lows and
its highs,
until the brain
has been

“purged” from old conditioned neurons and
a new

freedom can be found. Unfortunately the people

working
on the mental
health field don’t like anything

chaotic so they do
all
they can to suppress these

“symptoms”,
preventing at the same
time
patients to

reach the end of the tunnel.

If a person is
lucky
enough
to be “allowed” to
complete
the
healing
process,
it
results
in
a
new
outlook on her
image,
life, reality and society,
allowing
her to
adopt a
more healthy
lifestyle,
perhaps
away
from
mindless
consumerism
and
weapons
of
mass
distraction
like
television.
Challenges and
difficulties are necessary
elements of
any
spiritual
growth,
and what could
be morechallenging
than
a mental

illness” which forces us tounderstand
how our
brain works and
to evolve ourconsciousness
in
order to be
able
to keep
on living?
Our
“disorders” truly are dangerous gifts whichshould
be cultivated
and
respected rather than
repressed and
hated.


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prove that we have
been so effectively
brainwashed
that we do not resist
anymore.

“Of all
the tyrannies a
tyranny sincerely exercised for
the good
of its
victims
may be
the
most oppressive.

-
C.
S. Lewis
Let’s have
a
look
at the way
these
prescription drugs

work”.
While
ads
and
psychiatrists explicitly
or

implicitly
claim
that
they
help
to
heal,
the
reality
appears different:
they work
by
merely
hiding
the


symptoms” and
keeping the brain
quiet. Once the

drugs have finished their effects, the
individual
is
on
the same
situation as before or
even worse, since all
antipsychotic drugs
can damage the
brain
after

several
months
or
years
of
“treatment”,
a

phenomenon known
as tardive dyskinesia.
All
ofthem are strongly
addictive as
well.

So we
see
that drugs do nothing
other thankeeping
an artificial
state in
the brain which makes
things
more bearable for the individual. There isnothing
wrong with
that,
considering
that
somemental
disorders are deeply
disturbing
and can pushto suicide, but
it’s not fair
to tell
people
that theirmedication
is
going
to
heal
them. Prescription
drugs,
like any
other drugs,
should
be used as
cautiously
as
possible
and
along with a real
treatment,
assisted ornot by a professional.
Otherwise the person
will
staya consumer/victim
of
the pharmacology
industry allher life. Sadly, this
may be what
they
are hoping
for.

9


sized body, a
great confidence.
Those who can afford

it
have “choices”,
but
they are mostly
limited to

different tastes, such as
the color
of
their car.

Yet diversity
is
essential for the survival
of
any
eco-
system.
If
nature
has
survived
until
our
“conquest”, it’s because of this
biological
diversity. If
the climate or environment changed,
some specieswould die but others would survive,
making
itpossible
for evolution
to continue. When civilization
will
have reduced cows to one “perfect” race, it
willonly
require one virus
to kill
them all.

What interests us
most though is
diversity
amongst human beings. We see that society
doesn’t
support this
simpl

all
children
have y
by
the way public
schools work:
to
follow
the

same
subjects,
regardless of their
interests,
and
even if
at
the end of
compulsory
school
they
can
“choose”
betweendifferent careers, this
is
because of the needs of the
job marketplace only.
As a result
a
lot
of
teenagers
finish school alienated from their
initial aspirationsand
struggle to find
a
job which
interests them.


DISORDERS AS DIFFERENCES


LET’S NOW LOOK AT SOME OTHER WIDESPREAD

MENTAL
illnesses” from the point
of
view that they
are more a

difference,
part of the diversity
of any
ecosystem,
than a disorder:

Attention-Deficit
Hyperactivity
Disorder(ADHD)
is
a particularly
sad
example of the world we
live
in:
many
children
are
unable
to
stay
all day
longin these prisons called
“schools” because
they have
too much energy
and creativity.
“Concerned” about


10


their
future
in
this
society,
influenced
bypsychiatrists, their parents feed
them with Ritalin,
sometimes since the age of 4,
to numb
them
down
and
kill their
flame.
They
fit again
in
the
illusion ofnormality, but does that makes them
happier?
Schizophrenia
is
often mentioned when talking about
mental
illnesses for it can be deeply
disturbing
and

very
long. To understand
this

illness”
we should
take a look at “primitive” cultures: in
all
of
them, we

can find
shamans who had the gift to travel
on the


other world” and
heal
people. The initiation was

involuntary
(although
young
shamans
could
be
identifi

deeply
ded early
by
their tribes) and
required several

isturbing
years until
the shaman
was able
to
master his or her skills. What’s interesting
is that the
effects of this
initiation are extremely
similar
to the

symptoms” of schizophrenia. Indeed some
primitivetribes
were fooled by western psychiatrists that theirfuture
shaman was
“schizophrenic” and
had to be
medicated.
Unfortunately
it
appears
that
anti-
psychotic drugs prevent the process to
be finished,
insuch a way that the
individual
gets
lost
in the void
between the
two worlds.

People
are
increasingly
put
under
the
label
of
Asperger’s
syndrome
or highly-functioning
autism.
Individuals
diagnosed with
this
“disorder” usuallyhave a high
IQ and no impairment other than adifficulty to
interact
and
communicate with others.
We
suggest
that
their
isolation
and
obsessive
thinking
may
set
them
apart
and
make
communication
more
difficult
(
or
less
meaningful)
as
they are not on the same
wavelength as others.
Thatdoesn’t have to be
a disadvantage though: some
psychiatrists have in
fact recently
“back-
diagnosed”
Newton and
Einstein
with Asperger’s The

15


This
quote, coming from a psychiatrist
who was
recruited by the CIA
for the
MKULTRA program
of
mind control
after having
served the fascist regime
inSpain, could
not be
more explicit. This
obsession for
control
is
nothing
new for the male-driven civilizationwe live
in,
and
controlling
the human mind
is
no
doubt their biggest challenge.
They
dream
to kill
the
animal
(the
life-force) in
us, to finally transform
us
into
perfect
machines
working
exclusively
in
thename
of “progress”.
The founding
father of American
psychiatry,
Benjamin
Rush,
even
considered insanes

as “untamed animals whom
it
is
the
psychiatrist’s
duty
to discipline”, a
comparison which remind
us of

the way non-white people
were treated
during
the
colonization.


THE REALITY OF
MEDICATION


ELECTROSHOCK

THERAPY”
AND LOBOTOMY ARE NOT
AScommon as a few decades ago, although
the factthese barbaric
practices still
exist
is
deeply
revealing
of the society
we live
in.
Forced medication
has been
mostly replacing
them, often with a threat
of forced
confinment
if
the drugs are not taken.

This
change
is
not caused by a new sense of
humanity
amongst psychiatrists but by
pressuresfrom insurance
companies
who
find it
cheaper
tosend patients back home with drugs prescriptions, as
well
as
from the
needs
of
the
pharmacology
industryto increase its revenues. Another cause is
that
people
are generally
more willing to get “
fixed” but
we shouldn’t necessarily see voluntary treatment asa progress
over forced one. Indeed,
it
may just


14


be removed by reason
not
retrained by government…

The extensive influence which these opinions had
upon the understandings,
passions,
and
morals
of
many
of the citizens
of the United States, constituted
a form
of insanity, which
I shall
take
the
liberty of

distinguishing by the
name of anarchy.

- Benjamin
Rush, father of American psychiatry

Just like new
laws are constantly
added
to createnew classes of criminals
and force people into an
ever-narrowing
range
of
legality,
new
mental

disorders are “discovered” all
the time
to
create new
classes of “insanes”,
open new markets for the

pharmacology industry
and
force
people
into
an
ever-
narrowing
range
of
“sanity”.
Actually,
the

symptoms” of mental
disorders

the
only
things
onwhich the existence of these
“disorders”
are based
on

are
so
broad and common that anyone couldbe “diagnosed” with
2-3
of
them
by
just visiting
a
psychiatrist!

“We need a program
of psychosurgery and political
control of
our society. The
purpose
is physical
control
of
the
mind. Everyone
who deviates
from the
given
norm can be surgically
mutilated. The individual
may
think that the most important reality is his own
existence, but this is
only
his personal point of view.
This
lacks historical perspective. Man does
not have
the right to develop his own mind. This
kind of liberal
orientation has great appeal. We
must
electrically
control the brain. Some
day armies and generals will
be controlled
by electrical stimulation of the brain.”
-
Dr. Jose Delgado

11


question
is: would these two geniuses have
delivered
their wisdom
if
they had been labelled as autistic
and
medicated in
their
youth?

Social anxiety
is
also
on the rise. Apart
from
the fact it’s easy
to become
self-conscious about our
behavior and
look when we live
in
a society which
judge everyone on
their
appearance,
it’s worth
mentionning that amongst all
animalof them are naturally
shy.
Shy
animas a percentage

ls have greaterchances of survivali

risk. For human
be snce their fears put them less at

ings, shyness may make
it moredifficult to be part of
society but it’s also
a greatopportunity to develop
inner capabilities that others,
too busy
socializing,
don’t have
the time
to
care

about.
What we observe is
that
most of the pain
felt

by

mentally
ill”
individuals
is
caused
more
by
a
rejection of society
than by the “illness” itself.

Alienation,
loneliness,
homelessness,
low self-esteemare all
the destructive
results of a
society which

doesn’t tolerate differences.
Furthmore,
the belief
that there is
something
“wrong” that has
to
be
“corrected” (
or at least repressed)
can only
alienate

people
from
themselves
and
make
them
feel
miserable and worthless. Indeed almost all
of these

“illnesses” are
usually
coupled with
depression.

“Our
society tends
to regard as a ‘sickness’ any

mode of
thought
or
behavior
that is inconvenient for
the system, and
this
is plausible because
when an

individual
doesn’t fit into
the system it causes pain

the individual
as well
as
problems
for the system.
Thus the manipulation of an individual
to
adjust him
to the system as a ‘cure’
for a ‘sickness’ therefore as good.

- Theodore Kaczynski


12


HEALING
OR REPRESSION?


ALL
THIS MAKES
US
WONDER
IF
PSYCHIATRISTS
ANDpsychologists are really
interested in
healing or if

their
role
is to
keep
the
illusion
of
“order”,
“primary goanormality”
and
“sanity” within
society?
Indeed the

ls of asylums has always been to keepthe “insanes” outside
of society
because
they were
considered “dangerous”. But how are they dangerousconsidering
that
there
is
statistically
the
same
amount
of
criminals
amongst
the
“sanes”
than
amongst the “insanes”? Is
it perhaps because theydo not fit
in
society
and
their mere existence exposes
the lies of this
system?

It’s
interesting
to
note
that,
before
the
appearance
of
asylums,
heretics,
witches,
prostitutes, madmen
and
basically anyone “socially
deviant”
were being “treated” (tortured,
exorcised,
burnt) by the Inquisition and,
when the Church
started to lose its power,
some of the witch-
hunters“
converted” to
psychiatry
and
kept on doing basicallythe same
job,
using pseudoscience instead
of religion
to put
themselves above the possessed/
mentally
ill
and
try to adjust them to society’s standards. Thesestandards change
enormously
through time
andspace. For example,
homosexuality
was
considered
to be a disorder by the bible of psychiatry,
the DSM,
until the
70.
s.

Curiously, many
psychiatrists today believethat witches were “misdiagnosed”, that they were in
fact “suffering” of “mental
illness”,
not “demonic
possession”.
They
are the only
ones
who don’tbelieve in
the
theory
of
the scapegoat
(a figurewhom the fears

or
repressed desires

of society

13


are projected
on), agreed by all
historians.
Could
itbe because this
theory also
applies perfectly for the

“mentally ills”
of today?

The ones suffare perhaps the chiering the most from psychiatry

ldren,
who do not have choices
regarding
their medication
because they are not
supposed to be
“responsible” enough.
Apart from
ADHD
and
Asperger’s
syndrome
mentionned
previously,
the
label
of

Oppositional
Defiant
Disorder” offers a convenient explanation for parents
who do not want
to
understand
why
their
childrenare rebelling
against their oppressive
ideology
and
pointless
consumer
lifestyle.
For
these
parents,
medication
appears
to
be
the
only
“solution”,
especially
if
they are themselves victims of
the
psychiatric
industry.


PSYCHIATRY AS
POLITICAL REPRESSION


MORE STRIKING CASES
OF
HOW THE MYTH
OF

MENTAL
illness” has been used
by the system
for
repression

include the Soviet Union where political
dissenters

were regularly “diagnosed” as “mentally ill” and

confined in
asylums.
Similar repression was done
inthe USA where socially
deviants were locked

such
as Timothy Leary for
advocating
the use
of “illegal”

drugs.
And as
recently
as
April
2003 someone
who
was reading
and
talking about conspiracy theories
within
the
US
government
was
diagnosed
as

“paranoid”
and held
in an asylum for
9 days!

“The excess of
the passion for in
many
people,
opinions and
conducts
which could
not

 

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