Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Power to Silence the Voices

By Patricia Lefave

The power to silence the psychiatrized who dare to speak out against the system which has total control over them comes WITH the psychiatric labelled that is used to define us as inherently “defective” and therefore in NEED of psychiatric control. This is the nature of a system that feeds itself.  It is structured that way intentionally and the reason it is structured that way is because the majority of those working in it are true believers in the medical model of “disease” process. Without that belief they could not justify what they do or justify the system so they HAVE to hold onto it if they are going to be able to continue to avoid any “admissions” that may jeopardize it. Otherwise they would have to admit this is not working and start over which could lead to “litigation.”
Those of us trapped in it are going to have to forgive this system if, or when, it admits the truth or else we are not going to be able to change this as it will close ranks and self protect.
This is the classic double bind and the classic response to it from both sides of the same error.
Those yet to be labelled, and that is coming sooner than you might think as this mess, aimed at increasing power and control over the 'defective' of your choice, is growing worse all the time, have no idea how much courage it takes for labelled people to speak out in opposition to the system that has this kind of power over them. The REAL miracle is that there are not a whole lot more of those “random” shootings. That though, is a testament, much of the time, to the endurance and monumental self restraint of those who are defined in such totally invalidating ways. It is the few who sink to the same level as their abusers and not the many. 
The truly scary part is that most of those working within the system remain unaware of the trap the system has created and which it enthusiastically maintains. I think that is because those who get “good results” from the use of behaviourist tactics and forced drugging or e.c.t are those who OBSERVE the rats caught in the maze, in a haze, as opposed to being the “subjects” who are trapped in that maze and drugged into the haze for their awareness of the maze. It IS all a matter of perspective isn't it?
Do you know WHY you can't fix the results of the dysfunctional group “game”? It's because you can't admit there IS a “game” and that you are involved in
“playing” it. It is politics and appearances that are your top priority- NOT reality at all.

Now switch positions again with me and tell me- if you were me; what do you see, hear, think and feel about the position you are trapped within? Is your feeling one of gratitude toward those blameless “others” for all their “help”? Or not?

1 comment:

Slave No. 1,158,040,501 said...

Malcolm X said: "If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, that's not progress. If you pull it all the way out, that's not progress. The progress comes from healing the wound that the blow made. They haven't even begun to pull the knife out. They won't even admit the knife is there." I believe in the 'therapeutic' value of holding people accountable but I don't see how that can be achieved in this case. What M/H employees do is legal in the same way that the systematic oppression of black people (and countless other indecencies) used to have legal legitimacy. I don’t see many chinks in the systems armour, in fact I don’t see any really and that just plain exasperating. If the cure for suffering is justice then sufferers will continue to suffer for a long time yet.