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  •  I tend to think it reinforces the cruelties of the (2+ / 0-)

    American system when we are told that the mentally ill live tragic lives. I'm mentally ill, and I don't feel like my life is tragic. Yes, I think we are punished for our inability to shore up American myths. But that doesn't mean there's no value to feeling like our lives aren't defined by such mythology. I feel like the opposite is true.

    •  You are very right. (1+ / 0-)
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      There are so many ways to be successful.  My younger sister lives in a small apartmet complex where there is staff to look in on her to make certain that she has the necessities of life, participates in social activities and takes her medications.

      I used the word tragic, because of my inability to make her "well".  My bad.

      I know this much.  If we measure success by the degree of goodness, kindness and benign love for all, then my younger sister is more successful than most.

      I really wish you well, and I regret if I have accidentally cast aspersions upon people with a different world view and a different set of issues than I have.

      To be human is to be imperfect.  Trust me, as a vet who has chronic PTSD, I know that well.  It makes me very humble.

      "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Ghandi

      by Randolph the red nosed reindeer on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 12:32:55 PM PDT

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