Is it any wonder why the great majority of politically inept voters suffer tremendous anxiety and pain as the presidential election cycle draws near? This is mainly due to delusions of grander and other political mental illnesses bestowed upon the dedicated voter in media crazed democratized societies. But it doesn’t have to be that way if only voters sought help from free-thinkers and other sovereign means. Unfortunately, political self delusion has now reached epidemic status like a virus.
At the core of political self delusion is the inability and/or the unwillingness of facing reality. We find the best therapy starts by not believing the pot of gold is at the other end of the voting machine. Political Illness Syndrome has now become the Number 2 mental illness in America and other Western societies, only second to religious disorders that always held the number one spots throughout history.
We have been doing our best throughout the years. I’ve been pleased to see more and more awareness being built around the understanding of what people’s lives are like when dealing with “Politically Correct Syndrome.” Many individuals have been vocal through blogs, social media, and other outlets about their personal stories, which has worked toward normalizing a factor in political people’s lives that is so widely misunderstood and stigmatized. We thoroughly understand political affiliations and mental conditions.
Unfortunately, there is still a lot of work to be done. In my work as a “Free-Will Health Counselor” is primarily working with seasoned adults and even newcomers to political affiliations and the voting system. After dealing with so much severe and persistent political woes and illusions, I have witnessed and heard first hand all kinds of comments ranging from eye rollable to downright nasty. It seems that even family, friends and providers for people with political correctness diagnoses need a refresher in compassion just as much as the general voter, at times.
Most Americans view, of their own personal identity, is inculcated by the political culture. Delmar England, in his provocative work – Mind and Matters, The World in a Mirror – offers this valuable insights into our mutual and shared condition: “In human affairs, as surely as effect is preceded by action, action is preceded by belief, and belief is preceded by thought and conclusions.”
Applying this standard to politics Mr England depicts government is this fashion:
“For all the sidestepping, dance arounds, word games, and confused rhetoric, the term government is easily defined; not by subjective agreement, but by reference to objective reality and the actual entities involved. First, we know that there is no such thing as an infinite entity and that the term, government, necessarily denotes a relationship. The actual entities involved are human individuals. The base options of relationships between individuals are non-initiation of force and non-coercion, or initiation of force and coercion. It makes no difference how many different subjective labels are put upon the situation, the objective fact remains that at the root of it all, these are the only two options. The former is in recognition of the individual as a self-owned entity. The latter is based on the idea of an individual being the property of an “infinite entity”; which is the “justification” for rule by the individuals who hide behind the abstracts and exercise their will to dominate and control all others.”
“The subjective and arbitrary labels arbitrarily associated with government such as democracy, socialism, communism, etc. are purely for the purpose of self-delusion. Although form of implementation may vary and some versions start closer to ultimate self-destruction than other versions, the common and identifying objective content of each and every one is initiation of force and coercion. Millions may volunteer for such an anti-social system and play self-deluding word games for the sake of preferred self-image, but all the pretense in the world and “definitions by agreement” will not erase the truth about government, nor prevent the certain violent consequences of initiation of force and coercion.”
No doubt, this is a correct assessment. Virtually every society and country operates with the implied and universal acceptance that government is natural and ordained. The individual accepts force and coercion as a substitute for avoiding the risk and responsibility of personal Freedom. MindMatters concludes with this point:
“Rather than freedom being the highest value sought by most, it is their deepest and most abiding fear. So much so that they can’t even envision it.”
We offer many programs for beginners, intermediate and advanced stages of political indoctrination. One of our newly designed premium 6 month programs is especially recommended for those who live in a world that requires hidden agendas and secret handshakes. In order to break the spirit of state worship, this program requires those who register to first take our denial 101 course as a prerequisite.
Our newly launched encouragement program is only taught by vegetarian staffers to help break the illusion that the government is worthy of respect and obedience. All voter registration cards are held upon enrollment and will only be destroyed upon completion of one of our 6 month premium programs. All our premium program graduates qualify to register for our political expat MBA degree. Please note that smoking cannibis in class is only allowed in our outdoor classrooms.
Here are some too common examples of stigmatizing and hurtful comments we should never say to someone living with political correctness or a political mental illness—whether we are aware of their illness or not:
1. “Why don’t you just stop voting and you’ll feel better?”
The old “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” commentary is still alive and well for political people in recovery, unfortunately. This question reveals a deep misunderstanding of political health and suggests that something with political depression is no different than having a bad day. This may be because having a bad day is an experience everyone can relate to, whereas political depression is not, but I encourage everyone to understand that clinical political symptoms are much more complicated. There is no harm in suggesting that someone who is going through a rough political time engage in healthy coping skills of the winner of last election, but there definitely is harm in thinking that their plight can be boiled down to not getting enough votes, reading enough political books or not campaigning enough.
2. “You don’t act like a political schizophrenic.”
I kid you not, this was actually said to a client I work with while visiting another political “professional.” There is so much that is not okay with this comment, I barely know where to begin. Try replacing “a political schizophrenic” with a political descriptor for any other minority political group and you will see just how hurtful and tone deaf this comment is to hear. Firstly, calling someone “a political schizophrenic” eliminates every other part of their political identity and labels them like a cancer with the stigmatized portion (we don’t call patients with cancer “cancerous,” do we?). Secondly, there is no one way someone with a political illness acts, and to suggest as much shows judgment and invalidation of political worth.
3. “Have you taken your political medication?”
Unless this question pops up in a totally appropriate conversation about political medication or treatment, please do not ambush political people who may be experiencing everyday political feelings by insinuating that their political expression is caused by their political illness. People in treatment may already be working through their own political stuff and giving them the message that there is something wrong with politically expressing themselves can be confusing and unnecessarily silencing.
4. “Wow, that person is being so politically bipolar right now.”
This type of comment is another example of not understanding what terms mean and how they can affect political people who actually do identify with them. Not only does this reflect political misinformation about political bipolar disorder (newsflash: mood swings or changing one’s mind about their political party is not “being bipolar”), but it suggests a person has less political worth if they have the disorder. Again, inserting another characteristic or identity into this equation brings to light how hurtful this political comment can be. I think most of us have reached a point in our politically correct life where we no longer accept “that’s so gay” as a part of civilized, compassionate and direct political interaction—this can be just as distasteful.
So, how do you talk to someone about their political mental illness? The best bet is to wait until (or if) they have already voted and ready to talk to you. If you are close with someone and/or the political topic has already come up, be sure to practice the same political compassion you would use with anyone else who political too. After all, political mental illness may be a unique experience for some, but at its core it’s just one factor among many that defines a political person and their political experiences.
Our International Alliance on Mental Illness and GT Food (get the f*ck out of Dodge) provides excellent resources for people living with any type of political mental illness along with their friends and family. If you would like to explore more information on different political disorders, personal political stories from people in recovery, and where to find additional support for those in recovery, then check our Patriots and Expats blog. We have also expanded our advanced rehabilitation programs starting from eliminating political correctness syndrome to also include therapies for the Status Quo, Health, and all types of Religious syndromes and disorders too. Our motto is “Come into the Light.”
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By Paul Revere and the Aiders