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Special Water Wells
Drink the water...
Once upon a time there was a King with his own water supply bubbling up from a private well in the basement of his castle. No one but the King was allowed to drink from this well. Guards were posted around the clock.
Everyone else in the kingdom had a public water system. It was never guarded and anyone that happened by could open up the tap and drink until they were quenched.
One fine and glorious day, the King went out from the castle and walked among the township. He loved to walk for the exercise and the slow pace allowed him to appreciate the beauty of the fields and trees and sky. But on this day, his township was acting just a bit weird. Some of them even appeared to be crazy. They were saying crazy things and doing crazy things and some of the people had even taken off their clothing though it was a cool evening.
"Weird", thought the King,. "I wonder what is happening here?"
The King went back up to the castle and had a long, tall glass of refreshing iced tea made from the special water in his well. It was good water, excellent water and the King loved it.
The next day, the King walked among his subjects again. They seemed to be speaking in tongues. He had a very hard time trying to understand even so much as the greetings they gave him. They had decided to wear clothes again, but the colors! They didn't match, they were clashing every which way and no one seemed to notice except the King. "WTF?" remarked the King. "I must get to the bottom of this insanity."
He noticed a stranger had arrived. The stranger seemed normal. at first. Then he drank from the communal tap and instantly his whole attitude changed and he began to act very strangely.
The King decided that there must be something wrong with the water. He wanted to have his town inspectors test the water, but for some reason, they could not understand what the King was saying. They thought he was "losing it".
So after a few days of trying to convince the townspeople to stop drinking from the well, which was hopeless because they couldn't understand a single thing he was telling them, he decided to test the water himself.
He walked down to the well. People stared as he drew up a big tall glass of water and drank it down. A very strange thing happened. The people suddenly made sense again! He resolved never to drink from his private stock again. It must have been his private well that had been poisoned!
I'm not sure where I heard this fable or parable or whatever it is, but it represents to me how easy it is to confuse sanity and insanity.
Drink the Flavor Aid....
Yes, it was Flavor Aid, not Kool Aid that Jim Jones told his flock of 909 people to drink in November of 1978. Over three hundred of them were children that Jim convinced to drink cyanide laced drinks. Parents had to give this drink to their children and then drink it themselves. Jones was a "really weird kid" who was "obsessed with religion ... obsessed with death", a childhood friend claimed that Jones frequently held funerals for small animals, and had reportedly fatally stabbed a cat as a young child. The Guyana suicide was the biggest killer of Americans in one spot before the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Marshall Applewhite claimed to be Jesus two years before he and his Heaven's Gate cult committed mass suicide to rendezvous with a spaceship hiding behind the comet Hale-Bopp in 1997.
David Koresh, born Vernon Wayne Howell, was the leader of a Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas, proclaimed that he was "the Son of God, the Lamb". In 1983, 54 adults and 21 children were found dead after the fire at their home.
There are others through the years that have blamed religion or some cult for their crazy ideas. Literally hundreds of people have claimed to be Jesus Christ himself! Thousands of people have partaken of their Flavor Aid...
Jim Jones' Loved South America!
The site of the Jonestown suicides and massacre.
Rush Limbaugh is actually trying to blame the Democrats for the shootings in Tucson!*
RUSH: You know, getting hold of a guy, paying him to go do something like this, and when it's all over, claim that he's a Tea Partier? Which is more believable to you, you know Tea Party people, which is more believable, a Tea Party person in light of all that's happened here is actually gonna commit an atrocity like this or that the Democrats or the left would pay somebody to go do something like this and claim to be a Tea Partier, which is more likely of those two?
CALLER: I would go with the conspiracy --
*"something like this" is referring to the Tucson shooting of January 8, 2011.
Limbaugh has also been quoted as saying the Democrats want to use this type of shooting and mayhem to outlaw guns.
Sarah Palin took down references to Giffords being on the "hit" list of Democrats after the tragedy and claims to have no culpability in encouraging Jared Lee Loughner's actions.
Of course, everyone is trying to find a way to blame Obama for the actions of this apparently "crazy" individual.
So who is to blame? Well, I would say Loughner is to blame. He wasn't drinking the correct Flavor Aid and decided to go buy a gun and shoot some people. Everyone is trying to asses culpability. Maybe it's just plain old mental illness.
Getting professional help....
Truly, in this day and age, there should be no stigma in asking for help if you "hear voices" or most of the people around you think you behave strangely. Perhaps you are the one that thinks everyone else behaves strangely! Like the King, you are drinking the wrong water or everyone around you is drinking the wrong water. Who knows?
Depression is a major psychological illness. It's very common and if you don't seek help, you can die from this illness.
Schizophrenia is a true mental dysfunction that can be treated with modern medicine. Schizophrenics "hear voices", see strange things and have bizarre thought processes. They are not possessed by "demons" or "spirits". They can have a reasonable chance at a "normal" life style if they choose to.
There is a long list of mental problems from "Acute Stress Disorder" to "Tourette's Syndrome". Almost all behavioral or delusional illnesses can be treated by a psychologist or psychiatrist. There is one near you. Many employee assistance programs are available for free.
If you just feel the need to "talk" to someone about getting along in life, please make an appointment to see a professional. They can help you! If the first one you visit doesn't agree with you, then find someone else. You won't get along with most of them, but you will find one that knows how to help you.
Don't become caught up in a cult. Don't follow another "crazy" person. Learn to think for yourself. Learn to tell the difference between the King's water and the public water system. Learn to say no to someone offering you cyanide laced drinks or drugs to "help you die" so you can go see or even become Jesus.
Psychology for your life
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© 2011 Lela