Look up hypocrisy in the dictionary and…….

Well, for now we will continue with the Indian music.

After ‘sat sri akal’ I should also add ‘namaste’ and ‘salaam’. To everyone in India – hello, and welcome!

Now – on with the first post today. It’s a kind of personal rant (again!) but it sort of sums up yet another thing I’m against – absolute hypocrisy. You might at this point ask what am I actually for, as opposed to against. I am for love, kindness and understanding. Everything can be solved that way. Once all the people who disagree with me are locked away and punished, of course!

I was scanning through Carol Todd’s profile, as one does.

https://www.facebook.com/Carol.A.Todd

Well, we can dismiss the possibility that Amanda is hiding Carol Todd’s luggage as the ravings of lunatics (look at a couple of her posts and a few comments). But I was more intrigued by the reaction to a recent piece of news.

http://globalnews.ca/news/557878/bus-beheader-asks-to-go-to-beaches-big-city/

I thought this was good news. Here is a guy who is obviously mentally ill – you don’t do what he did unless there is something severely wrong with you. Quite rightly, he was found to be not criminally responsible for what he did – a civilised and commendable result.  With treatment, he’s become a model patient, and the suggestion is that he should be allowed (under supervision) to go to the beach or on other trips.

Now – bearing in mind that Carol Todd and her supporters are meant to be all for forgiveness, and that they support mental health issues – what do you think the response might be? A fantastic development? The saving of a man who is simply unfortunate to have something wrong with his mind? Maybe it’s a good thing that he is being allowed a certain amount of freedom?

Errrr…no.

‘Our justice system needs a re-vamp.’ Why? Isn’t this an example of wonderful, restrained and civilised justice? Shouldn’t we be grateful that we no longer punish people for being ill?

Christine Budnack (arch vigilante) says: ‘what the heck???’  I can only guess what she would have liked to have happened.

‘That is absolutely insane-our justice system is an absolute joke.’ Well, I can see all the kindness flowing. This isn’t a crime. It’s a tragedy, but it’s not a crime. It’s sad and devastating for the victim’s family, but is it any less tragic for this person’s family? What exactly do these people want – you are mentally ill, therefore you should be punished and not allowed some human decency?

‘The justice system is what excused his actions with a mental health disorder…he committed a heinous crime…a very serious one and shouldn’t be allowed out.’ What? Mental illness (on this scale) is just an excuse? And he should not be given even the hint of a second chance? Shannon Harvey, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Then we get the well-informed view from Eric Todd: ‘never ever allowed out’.

Holey moley! What sort of people are they? I can see that there might be doubts and potential problems, but this guy is heavily supervised. He’s a human being, for God’s sake, and as such deserves compassion and sympathy. And this reaction is far worse because it’s coming from a bunch of people who are supposedly standing up for people with mental health issues, and are supposedly trying to spread the word of love, tolerance and forgiveness.

I was asked yesterday what I was against, or what was I trying to say. I’m against hypocrisy, and I’m trying to say that it is at the root of all bad things.

Thanks for reading this. Rant over.

One thought on “Look up hypocrisy in the dictionary and…….

  1. Well – I’m flipping furious. I can fully appreciate all the doubts, and no doubt this may well turn into one of those ‘and another thing’ posts. But what on Earth prompted Carol Todd to post this with her own comment ‘scary’? To me, this is a glorious story. Not so long ago, this guy might have been executed, or simply thrown into jail to rot, but we have come a long way since then. The doctors and carers and the justice system are to be praised. My words are not enough to be able to tell you just how great I think this is – a poor man who just happens to have something wrong in his mind is being shown compassion and understanding, and modern medicine and treatment is helping him to exist as a human being. My heart goes out to the victim, certainly. But I would like to think that even the victim would understand – vengeance is a terrible thing to wish upon someone who is mentally ill through no fault of his own. I hope that the victim would forgive him – and I hope the family will find that ability, too.

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