There’s a quote by Oscar Wilde which I believe says something important
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
In the upcoming shakeup of the laws of this country I want you to reach for the stars.
What I’m talking about here is getting the fundamentals right then the rest will follow.
I should be writing to you about the absolute necessity of the legalisation of assisted suicide. Instead I’m writing to you about what could have saved me from what you (the people) are other than suicide. This won’t affect me whether you listen to me or not but what I’m talking about in this message affects most people. It’s too late for me.
Let me try to explain
I’ve written to you in the past about employment equality and the need to radically revise the suicide system. One of the themes of the humane suicide system I believe must exist is the prevention of suicidal feelings.
This objective is worthy of serious consideration. My adult life has been filled with suicidal ideation. These suicidal feelings are the result of the abundance of blatant cruelty in modern human civilisation.
The law did not protect me from this cruelty. The government did not. The people did not. As far as I am concerned everyone with power over my life has been reaching for the black holes, not the stars, in the things they do to make me need to die.
(Can you imagine what it feels like to want to die then realise that no one cares about what you want? This is a pure black hole. Trust me.)
So I present you with a challenge to reach for the stars. What are the laws, the policies and ultimately the vision of this government which could have saved me from ever having become suicidal? And what will save the victims of future generations from the hells I’ve faced and still face? Where is this purpose in the Repeal Bill?
As you may gather I have no hesitation in demanding a vision which goes far beyond typical ‘blue sky’ thinking and the current motivation for Brexit. I’ve been writing a blog to persuade the human rights organisation Liberty to get involved with creating a humane suicide system and society. (And it was an email they sent me about the Repeal Act which has prompted this email to you). I believe this short blog post expresses the challenge I’m setting my MP and the government. Reach for the stars.
It is my attempt to write like a hero. Please read it.
Here it is.
The challenge which the institution of psychiatry should have already set a long time ago
Everyone should expect the guarantee that they will never endure more than they can endure.
This objective is a massive challenge. Of this I have no doubt. However I also have no doubt that it is an essential objective of good government and society.
Unfortunately the institution of psychiatry has failed to set this objective. So I must do it.
Psychiatrists have failed their duty of expertise and their duty to care about suicidal individuals because they’ve never demanded this objective of social change directed at preventing people from ever becoming suicidal.
They have failed because it is a fundamental principle of psychiatry which purports that misery and suicidal feelings are caused by a brain defect. This is why misery (and other mental phenomena) is purported to be a mental illness and it’s why psychiatry is a speciality of the medical profession.
A biological brain difference makes misery and suicidal feelings a mental illness and thus it’s the natural remit of the medical profession. This is pure male cow excrement (pure bull****). It’s the same BS which is responsible for the medicalisation of the suicide system.
It’s absurd but this false belief has lasted for hundreds of years since the institution of psychiatry was created. This false belief is responsible for countless injustices and crimes done by psychiatrists.
One of the biggest injustices is that there is no attempt made to reduce the abundance of cruelty in human civilisation which makes so many people want to die. This has gone unfettered because of the false belief that it’s a brain defect which is responsible for suicidal feelings.
I hope you can see that suicidal feelings are not caused by a brain defect. I hope you know that it’s what happens in life which is unbearable which is responsible for suicidal feelings. I’ve tried to explain to you in the past that most suicidal individuals become suicidal because either they’ve suffered too much or want not to suffer to much in their future. It’s not the product of a defective brain.
If you do understand that suicidal feelings are created when an individual suffers more than they can endure then you must acknowledge that the causes of suicidal feelings must be addressed. I’ve tried to explain to you in the past that unbearable suffering is not okay. It is too awful to let happen to anyone and it’s definitely too awful to force anyone to endure.
What I’m trying to say is that life shouldn’t be this bad. But it is because of the fallacy of mental illness. As I write this I recognise that I’m blaming the institution of psychiatry and there’s definitely some blame there but ultimately it’s all about you. The government and the people. Life is so bad as far too many people find out because there’s no attempt to save people from becoming suicidal.
Here’s another blog post. In this one I’ve tried to communicate the injustice which is caused by the idea of misery and mental suffering as being caused by a brain defect. This is the injustice which makes so many people reach for the black holes. (If it’s not obvious the black holes represent what’s bad and the stars represent what’s good).
Please. Reach for the stars. You might fail to reach them but the greater failure is to dream poor dreams. Real progress takes big dreams. It always has. I believe the Repeal Bill is an opportunity to make real progress. The objective goes beyond existing human rights.
It’s not just about saving people from becoming suicidal. It’s about making life better for everyone
I’m very focused on suicide issues as I’m sure you’re aware. The objective I’m setting you and the government has more far reaching value than just for saving people from becoming suicidal. I hope this is a worthy enough reason for you to attempt to reach the objective but it also matters to the vast majority of people.
If I use the example of the use of canaries in coal mines I hope it is a good explanation. In the past miners would take a canary in a cage with them into the mines. The canary was there to detect noxious gases which might kill the miners. The canary would die well before the miners got a lethal dose so the miners knew to run away. The canaries protected the lives of the miners.
In this analogy it’s the people who become suicidal who are the warning if you’re able to see it. Lots of people live and never become suicidal but they suffer misery and worry because life is too bad. The prevalence of suicidal feelings is an indication of the suffering of the public as a whole. Suicidal individuals lose their will to live and this is a terrible tragedy but they’re the canaries who warn you, the government, of the lesser tragedy of the suffering of non suicidal individuals.
The objective I’m setting is focused on saving people from becoming suicidal but by addressing this problem so many others will find their lives become better too. I firmly believe that if you try to make laws and initiatives to reduce the number of people who become suicidal in their lifetime then you will improve the lives of the vast majority.
Lastly, a mentality to carry in you in everything you do which relates to suffering and human rights
I’ve already written to you about areas I believe are important. It might surprise you to learn that I have a degree in electronic engineering rather than the sort of degree you’d expect someone who writes about liberty, suicide and equality to have.
There’s a mentality which is more important than the content of my degree. It’s all about rapid progress. Electronic engineers are constantly pushing forward. For example today’s latest phone is not what’s important. It’s next year’s phone that matters.
It’s a mentality which is about constant progress and never resting on one’s laurels. This mentality is all but absent in my experience of the human rights movement and other movements which seek to achieve social progress. Certainly not to the degree it is present in the electronics industry.
I hope you have an electronic engineer’s mentality when you work on the Repeal Bill. It’s not the existing human rights law framework which matters. It’s the human rights of tomorrow and tomorrow’s tomorrow which matters.
I implore you. Reach for the stars, not the black holes. Reach for them in the Repeal Bill like an electronic engineer would.