Thought for the Day

We — all of us — are no more than one traumatic brain injury away from committing capital murder.


0 responses to “Thought for the Day”

  1. Along these lines, have you seen “the lookout” with Jeff Daniels and the kid from Third Rock, who’s grown into a very good actor? I haven’t finished it yet, but so far it a good but painful story about the aftereffects of a brain injury.

  2. On seeing several criminals being led to the scaffold in the 16th century, English Protestant martyr John Bradford remarked, ‘There but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford.’

    Many people feel this is what popularized the phrase, “There but for the grace of God, go I.”

    It’s a good sentiment to keep in mind.

  3. David, I always appreciate a movie recommendation from someone in the industry; I’ve ordered it. Thanks.

    Ron, failing to recognize that there, but for the grace of God (a/k/a fortune, luck), go we all, is hubris.

    And we all know where that storyline ends.

  4. Except if it were due to a brain injury would we not plead not guilty by reason of insanity? Therefore if our defense holds we would not have committed capital murder because by being insane, we would be incapable of committing such a crime. That begs the next question, just because someone is incapable of appreciating the nature of the crime (and is therefore incapable of committing such a crime) does not mean that they are safe to unleash upon the community. Therein lies the problem of the civil commitment process today. People who should not be allowed to attempt to manage their own affairs are forced to do so because the system refuses to commit those individuals the way they would have been in the past. Many become a danger to themselves or others or both. Therefore the deaths of both the mentally ill and their innocent victims lies heavily on the current lackadaisical attitude towards the commitment of the insane. Instead of living their lives out in relative safety where they are cared for, fed and medicated as needed, they are instead forced to live under bridges, forced to self-medicate with alcohol and/or street drugs, and eat out of dumpsters, all the while being at the mercy of the elements and others. How has the system served their needs by de-institutionalizing them?

  5. J – Horseshit. We’ll deal with this more later.

    Rorschach – Insanity is a very narrow rule, which applies only when the mental disease or defect renders one incapable of distinguishing right from wrong. Someone who can still distinguish right from wrong, but can no longer resist the impulse to do wrong, is not insane.

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