Motivation can go a long way when working with students who are emotionally unstable (It is a long meme because I had a lot to say)

Ah ok. Good point. It seemed like being required to do less work has benefited this kid however. He wouldn't be feeling good about himself if he hadn't been only required to do 2 problems, while being left the opportunity to exceed his own and the school's expectations for him. I don't know the kid, but if he is anything like I was (or his home life is anything like mine was) that may be the first time he's felt genuinely good about himself all year.

And yes. We seem to have found the point where we agree. I wish I had been able to drop out of high school, and take up a trade working with my hands without the evils of credential-ism making me basically unemployable for not attaining a high school diploma. I feel that through out high school I endured and inflicted psychological harm that could have been avoided if someone had just noticed that I did not belong in an academic environment (this does not mean I am not intelligent, I consider myself pretty well read, and I endeavor to stay informed on current events, but I'm certainly no tortured genius either), and gotten me out of there so I could actually start figuring out just how it is an adult male crazy person is supposed to make it in "the real world."

Turns out, it is doable, but it just takes longer than it does for most people. Mostly because most people don't have to spend time wondering if it is even possible for a crazy person like themselves to ever be a productive, contributing, member of society instead of just a burden, and a source of pain for the people who love them most.

I guess until we learn more about mental illness and its sources, asking for extra help from those who can provide it is all the mentally ill can do right now. Without it I would have killed myself. I know it is repulsive to bring up, and it sounds like I'm threatening society with my life, and demanding that somebody other than myself be responsible for my life. But if I did not take responsibility for my life and the effect my choices as to what to do with my life have on others, I would have killed myself years ago. Unfortunately, there is no way I can make you feel what I have felt (and I would not wish it upon you under any circumstances) to make me so certain I would have killed myself had I not considered the impact that choice would have on the lives of those who care about me. And I only bring any of this up to remind you of what is at stake when we talk about the mentally ill. It is life or death struggle. Just as any illness is, except there is nothing to hate for the illnesses repulsive, debilitating effects except for yourself. Which only makes the illness stronger.

Then there is the problem of adult mentally ill people who are not as fortunate as I was. Most of them are homeless and/or addicted to drugs. And unfortunately, the best support a mentally ill homeless person can get is a home. Without it there is pretty much nothing that can turn around his situation. Even if you treat the delusional symptoms with medication, seeing the world objectively, for the first time, from a cardboard box, that you have been happy to call home up until you now see it for what it really is... Well, I wouldn't handle that context very well. I think very few people who ever end up homeless could.

Anyway, I'm sorry if this became a bit of a disjointed rant. I have very strong feelings about this issue. As a result, those feelings can prevent me from organizing my thoughts into a coherent, lucid argument. I hope something in there helps you understand what I am trying to illustrate, but if not, I hope somebody with a bit more emotional distance from this issue can help you understand the perspective of insanity.

I'm gonna go laugh/cry at the inherent contradiction which seems to emerge out of the phrase "understanding the perspective of insanity".

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