It interests me, how so many people go to the continuum extremes, when emotive issues are being considered.
I see this more and more. Especially due to social media.
An example….. a mother kills her child.
One end of the continuum – the mother is evil and deserves the death penalty.
The other end – the mother must have mental illness issues and is not responsible for her actions.
Firstly, without knowing all the facts, neither of these assumptions should be made. But, they are.
Secondly, the issue of mental illness, is not about whether there is mental illness, it’s what type of mental illness. Psychosis, ‘may’ be a reason.. Schizophrenia, may be a reason. Being a psychopath, may be a reason. The latter, meaning there is full and conscious responsibility for murder.
Most people don’t know, that some experts believe 1 in 25 people, are full blown psychopaths. Of those, a percentage will be sadistic, criminal psychopaths, who are capable and responsible for murder.
I increasingly sit in the middle of this continuum of thinking. I don’t jump to assumptions, based on the little facts, put out there by the media.
But, many will assume. Many feel entitled to assumptions. Many lack the insight to realise, their assumptions, are not wise.
So, in the case of the woman who killed her toddler child (and confessed to killing the child after lying to the police about the child being kidnapped)…… I will not assume she does or does not have mental illness issues, that made her unable to be responsible for her actions. I will not assume, she did or did not plan the death of her child. I will not assume anything.
Because, I do not know enough.
I will not pretend to be ‘so compassionate’ as to assume e.g. psychosis. That’s not compassion, that’s wanting to make a terrible situation, feel less terrible.
I will not pretend to be someone who can assume she is an evil psychopath. That’s not healthy and is a complete lack of compassion.
I’ll sit in the middle, where it is far more wise and discerning. Where assumptions are not made. Where excuses are not made. Where rationalising, is not used.
I will let the police and those dealing with her mental health issues, decide.
And pray that if she is a psychopath/personality disorder type, that she does not dupe and manipulate the psychiatrists. As can easily happen. And has happened. Many times.
And I pray if she has been experiencing psychosis, she receives the understanding, empathy and support, she needs.
I will just pray, true justice is served and if this woman is a danger to society, or herself, she is kept from society and cannot end the life of another innocent person.
Mental illness, may be a factor in this child’s murder. But, it does not automatically mean the person was not consciously aware of their actions. It does not mean they are not responsible for their actions.
But, society often veers towards, those extremes of thinking, that are not rational, not wise and not healthy.