No Such Agency: I wouldn't be surprised f this were true, but depending on the definition of "mental illness", most humans have something going on. Anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts, there are a lot of "mild" mental disorders that leave you mostly functional but not very contented in life.As well, gang members have often grown up in fractured families, with financial desperation, abuse, witnessing murders or the aftermath near their homes, etc. They grow up in poor neighborhoods where there's no chance to honestly rise above poverty. Some grow up in what is essentially a war zone, complete with PTSD by the time they're adolescents.In other words they are already growing up with a completely different set of rules than fuzzy middle-class America: Strength is survival. Defend your honor. Take before you are taken from. Couple those with deep-seated anger issues and drug use and ta-da! Insane behaviour.
Smoking GNU: jaylectricity: I have this argument all the time. A murderer is always insane. It's only insane for a person to kill another. There's no way it's sane. That's why I feel sorry for the murderer 38% as much as I feel for their victims.How about when the person has half his/her arms/legs blown off and the rest of him/her is pretty badly burnt and s/he asks you to do the deed?
Lith: rev. dave: Each of us can choose whether to act like a human or act like an animal. The more we act in each direction, the more it becomes natural to act like an animal or to act like a human. If you live in an animal state, you are clinically insane.What about furries?
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