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  •  I don't know how any human being can separate (7+ / 0-)

    the threads of choice and compulsion, in the drivenness, fear, despair, delusion, and blindness of this young man who killed his mother, childen and teachers, and himself.

    Free choice is an important concept to me too, but I think it'll become increasingly clear that mental illness was involved in this case, and mental illness can cloud freedom of choice beyond the point where the term has any meaning.

    I read somewhere recently -- I need to find the reference -- that countries with low levels of violent assaults share the trait of having mental health treatment broadly available.  We don't.  If we gave help to those who want it, we could restore many of those who do these things to enough clarity and freedom that they wouldn't do it.

    Not all. But many.  Many fewer lives lost.

    --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

    by Fiona West on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:15:03 PM PST

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