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Quote of the Day — April 24, 2009

Good morning, Netizens...


Our Quote of the Day struck a chord in my head...


If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.


Thomas Szasz


Thomas Stephen Szasz (pronounced /sas/; born April 15, 1920 in Budapest, Hungary) is a psychiatrist and academic. Since 1990[1] he is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. He is a prominent figure in the antipsychiatry movement, a well-known social critic of the moral and scientific foundations of psychiatry, and of the social control aims of medicine in modern society, as well as of scientism. He is well known for his books, The Myth of Mental Illness (1960) and The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement (1970) which set out some of the arguments with which he is most associated.


His views on special treatment follow from classical liberal roots which are based on the principles that each person has the right to bodily and mental self-ownership and the right to be free from violence from others, although he criticized the "Free World" as well as the Communist states for its use of psychiatry and "drogophobia". He believes that suicide, the practice of medicine, use and sale of drugs and sexual relations should be private, contractual, and outside of state jurisdiction.


In 1973, the American Humanist Association named him Humanist of the Year.


Hmph. Suicide, the practice of medicine, use and sale of drugs and sexual relations should be private, contractual, and outside of state jurisdiction, and this is coming from a world-reknown psychiatrist? Or, could it be as one former patient of Eastern State Hospital once stated to me, "all psychiatrists are as nuts as the patients they treat".Which is it?


Now that is thought provoking.


Dave




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