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June 03, 2002

Mental illness is no laughing

Mental illness is no laughing matter. For years, scientists, researchers, psychiatrists, counselors, and on and on and on, have attempted to make sense of it, largely to no avail. How do we identify mental illness? What are the warning signs, and isn’t early detection the key? As of today we diagnose mental illnesses according to the DSM-IV, and look to organizations such as the American Counseling Association to be leaders in this area. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a system were to be developed that would allow society to recognize people with mental illnesses before something catastrophic were to take place. Can you imagine how many crimes could be avoided if we caught perpetrators before they committed their acts of violence? Surely the person or persons who discover this method of identifying potentially harmful people will become rich beyond our imaginations.

That time is now. Here is my suggestion as to how we can rid the world of potentially harmful people dealing with the most serious of mental illnesses. Arrest everyone who purchases or carries a copy of The Catcher In The Rye. Hasn’t history taught us anything? Isn’t it obvious that this book has rung a bell with all of the crazy people in the world. Mark David Chapman is a classic example, but only one of a number of people who choose to identify with this story for one reason or another. Sting operations should be set up out side of every bookstore in the country and when someone purchases this book, he/she can be draped in a net the second they step foot out of the building.

The last time this occurred we lost Lennon. Next time we may lose such lyrical geniuses as John Cougar Mellencamp who gave us such thought provoking statements as “sucking on chili dog, out side the Tasty Freeze,” or Snoop Dog who reminded us all that we should be “sippin’ on gin and juice.” This should stop today and it can if we simply put into action Operation Net-a-nut. Please help support this cause before the beautiful lyrics of other such poets (Rick Springfield, Billy Ray Cyrus, Captain and Tenille, etc) are silenced forever.

Posted by Woundwort at June 3, 2002 11:03 AM | TrackBack
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