Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Who's To Blame? - The System & Us

It is a scary reality that we live in. If only more people were educated in the truth of the system, the situations that the government has knowingly placed innocent civilians into on a daily basis. With all of the mass shootings that have been going on it seems like most people are trying to decide where to point the finger; from the mall shooting, to the school shooting, and who can forget the massacre at the movie theatre. 

What frustrates me the most is the politicians that claim to be just as confused as the rest of us. So what is the problem? Now obviously I can’t say that these are the reasons but I certainly believe that they are playing a factor.

I remember reading after the most recent school shooting that there has been questions about whether or not the man responsible was mentally ill but to do any them really know how the mentally ill are treated? The only way for a mentally ill person to be hospitalized in an institution is if the person is homicidal or suicidal. Now at first glance you might think that this is reasonable. That this should cover all of the bases but the truth of the matter is that it doesn’t.

Did you know that a person can be hearing voices and still be released from the care of a mental institution? Before you say that I’m crazy, please, do some research because if you do you will see that I’m telling you the truth, they can be not only hearing voices but talking back to these voices. They could be staring in the mirror and talking to themselves or another person that they believe is there but as long as they are not homicidal or suicidal they can and will be released from an institution.

There are people like this walking the streets in cities all over the country. Do you still feel safe?  However the mental health system is not the only system at fault. Lets look at the department of corrections. This is the system that, in theory, is supposed to help criminals change.

When criminals break the rules in prison they are sent to solitary confinement. For weeks or maybe even months, if they continue to get into trouble they could be sentenced to solitary confinement for years. Just imagine spending 12 years in solitary and then one day you are released from prison. How can we expect these people to be capable of dealing with life? After spending 23 hours a day for 12 years in a cell. You’re setting up these people to fail and that is why so many of them are.

 The system is broken and everybody knows it but no one will do anything.  Tragedies happen and instead of us demanding changes we continue our lives without a care until it happens to us.  No one ever cares until they become a victim. These politicians look at these situations and they say, “oh that’s awful” but they don’t care because it’s not their problem. How much longer can we wait? How many more people have to die before we all start to care? If we don’t speak up we will be held down forever.

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