Evil, Not ILL

Crime,Pseudoscience,Psychiatry,Psychology & Pop-Psychology


CNN’s Erin Burnett tweeted incoherently that “The grandfather of #Chardon H.S. shooting says ‘no one has the right to shoot people because he had a rough life.'” It is unclear from the news anchor’s tweet whose grandfather spoke so unconventionally in favor of conventional morality on her OutFront show.

I saw this “grandfather.” He surprised Burnett with his implicit suggestions that, contra to her other self-serving tele-experts, bad behavior should not be placed beyond the strictures of traditional morality, making it amenable to their “therapeutic” interventions. To listen to the nation’s psychiatric gurus is to come to believe that crimes are caused, not committed. Perpetrators don’t do the crime, but are driven to their dirty deeds by a confluence of uncontrollable factors, victims of societal forces or organic brain disease. The Drew Pinskys of the world conjure so-called mental diseases either to control contrarians or to exculpate criminals.

The paradox at the heart of this root-causes fraud is that causal theoretical explanations are invoked only after bad deeds have been committed. Good deeds have no need of mitigating circumstances. These liberals (including most conservatives, who are now liberals in all but name) acknowledge human agency if—and only if—adaptive actions are involved.

As the psychiatric shaman has it, a killer is not evil, but ill. The modern-day witch doctor’s potions can thus exorcise evil, as evil is merely a manifestation of organic disease. Just like cancer.

5 thoughts on “Evil, Not ILL

  1. Redman

    Lets see: psychobabble, is, by any other name, still psychobabble! Liberals along with conservatives want/need an excuse for their vile acts and the ‘medical’ establishment seems eager to comply. And, so it goes….

  2. james huggins

    Give me an excuse for this, give me an excuse for that and no matter what heinous act I perpetrate I will have a ready made cheering section baking cakes for me and starting petitions to get me out of jail. Unless, of course, I offend a black, a Muslim, a homosexual or a communist. And especially if I do the worst possible which is to carry a King James Bible in a public place and actually read it. The pacifist left would then line up to shoot me at sunrise every day for a week.

  3. George Pal

    In Jack Kerwick’s review of Into The Cannibal’s Pot (that was one hell of a review) he takes note of Burke’s “If civil society be the offspring of convention, that convention,must be its law”

    In the course of the ongoing Gnostic revolution in the West, all conventions, social, cultural, legal, et al, must be done away with. The Royal Family is not done away with to gratify bloodlust but to eradicate convention – down to the symbols. As far as what passes for media, all gasps of incredulity and expressions of shock are now reserved for the West’s millennia old conventions, traditions, and understandings.

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