It’s well after sunset where I am, and a number of things have been on my mind lately.
Namely, the ethics of being a mentally ill person.
How should one define one’s behavior when in the grips of a depressive episode, or during a panic attack, or even when we simply feel more anxious than we think we can bear?
Do mentally ill people get some kind of free pass for the times when we may snap at our family and friends, perhaps be unconditionally forgiven at the great distress-and sometimes harm- we sometimes give them?
Some of us truly are in a deep hell, and sometimes we bring that hell to others.
Is this in any way justifiable? Or do we, who are in Hell, have a greater responsibly to defend others from our experiences? Does one’s suffering hold one to a higher standard of moral behavior, simply because we have seen and experienced suffering?
It seems to me, in my own experience, it can become so easy to slip into resentment at being – especially being that doesn’t know suffering. It’s a pretty scary thought, when you really stop to think about it. People filled with resentment do terrible thing.
To get a clear answer (hopefully) I’m starting a study into Ethics in general. I hope the answer is illuminating for us all.
I found this playlist on YouTube. It’s a course on the philosophy of morals from Harvard. So that’s neat.
If anyone has thoughts, please share them in the comments! (But please, let’s not fight.)