Got haemorrhoids? Go see an ear, nose and throat specialist.

One would hope that when determining whether one is insane or sane, the decision or determination is in the hands of a trained professional who is familiar and skilled in the intricate workings of the mind.

Right?

So why then is sanity and insanity a legal term?

There will be some who instinctively reject that question as being foolishness or an error. However;

In modern usage insanity is most commonly encountered as an informal unscientific term denoting mental instability, or in the narrow legal context of the insanity defense. In the medical profession the term is now avoided in favor of diagnoses of specific mental illness such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.

Trust me; if I am suffering from some form of mental health issues, the last place I’m going for help, is to a legal professional.

So why the hell do we even have this concept recognised in our system? How is it that a life changing diagnosis [such as ‘insanity’] is put in the hands of some one who has no training in mental health issues, no medical qualifications, and may not even be fully versed in comprehending any medical report that is submitted, in making that determination of the mind?

That is insane!

If you have painful haemorrhoids, you don’t go to an ear, nose and throat specialist!

It’s simply ridiculous to accept the notion that whether you are judged as being insane, is determined by some one who is not a specialist of the mind.

Oh sure, some medical practitioner, with expertise in the field of studying the mind may be called for an opinion, or to provide some documented analysis, to be used in that final determination, but in terms of the final decision of whether you are or are not insane? That’s most likely to be in the hands of someone with zero medical expertise and no training in cognitive studies, psychology or behavioural sciences; it’s in the hands of the judge, whose opinion on the information is regarded as being relevant to determining legal mental capacity.

And that’s the key to it right there.

It’s not a determination of medical mental capacity, or cognitive capacity or ability; it’s a determination of legal mental capacity. It’s about how you measure up to ‘societal norms‘.

Now, if those societal norms are a predetermined measure of acceptance of existing political norms, which heavily influence and shape society, then it could be argued that legal mental capacity actually more closely resembles your willingness to adhere to and your acceptance of prescribed political norms, as determined by public policy.

Public policy shapes the societal environment; that’s a given. So if some one has an issue with public policy or the way in which the environment of society is being shaped by those political influences, and reacts against those prescribed political norms, then that could be viewed as being ‘anti-social’ or behaviour that was in contrast to [political] ‘societal norms’; i.e. insanity.

Insanity is not a term for mental incapacity, it is a term describing ‘political correctness’. This is why it is a legal determination, not a medical one.

Insanity is not about ‘health, it’s about compliance.

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