“Just one lone crazy guy…”

I couldn’t hope to have made a more effective and clear argument than this…

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It was with a sinking feeling that I saw the first few “just a crazy guy” articles start to appear after the shooting in Aurora this weekend. In the media’s ever present need to categorize tragedies like this (as well as most other people that I’ve seen talk about it), it seems they’ve grafted the faux-binary way that everything else in society is split (GOP/dem, rich/poor, legal/illegal, normal/abnormal etc) onto this situation as well: absent a political motive, he’s “just a lone crazy”.

Well guess what: the “one lone crazy guy” rhetoric is offensive as shit to people who suffer from mental illness, not to mention complete and utter bullshit. How about “a guy who fell through the canyon sized cracks that exist when we stigmatize anyone with mental health issues as a culture”?

It’s not just “one lone crazy guy” who killed those people, it’s a culture that STILL…

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“I have wanted …

“I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?” ― Voltaire, Candide: or, Optimism

The Legend of Tanabata

black-billed-magpie-28791In the night sky, there are two stars, Vega and Altair.  Japanese legend says that these two stars are the immortal lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi.   The lovers, as they are referred to, have been separated by the Milky Way for eternity and though they gaze across the cosmos at each other, their love remains unfulfilled.  Except, on the 7th day of the 7th month of every year, when all of the magpies on Earth, fly up to the heavens and, with their wings, form a bridge across the galaxy, allowing these star crossed lovers one night of passion among the darkness of space.