Tuesday, March 18, 2008

We Are All Shamans-in-Training

From Reality Sandwich

My parents bought into the psychiatrist's diagnosis that their only child had a mental illness, as in my parents' world doctors were genuine authority figures who knew what they were talking about. In the words of the late psychiatrist R. D. Laing,

"Attempts to wake before our time are often punished, especially by those who love us most. Because they, bless them, are asleep. They think anyone who wakes up, or who, still asleep, realizes that what is taken to be real is a 'dream' is going crazy."

Tragically, with the support and blessing of the psychiatric community, both of my parents passed away convinced that their son was crazy.

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