Hiding behind labels….

When I was about 12, in an argument, I said to my Jehovah’s Witness father, “Religion is a crutch for emotional cripples.” His reaction was one of my first Strange Classrooms… he punched me in the face. I filed that for future reference.

Many years and many hard miles later, that thought has been expanded and researched by observation and some Strange Classrooms.  The statement was a gross generalization although it still holds true. The world became more sophisticated and people have found countless  things to hide behind and use as an excuse for unacceptable behavior, and an excuse as for why they are in such a mess. The one that seems to be the front runner is a condition that my learned friends call Bi-polar. It may or may not exist, that is not my debate.

This I do know. If I wanted to I could walk into ANY psychologist or psychiatrist’s office and I will come out with all the little pieces of paper I need to claim I am not really responsible for my actions a lot/all of the time. Shit, they may not let me walk out at all!

Point is? Many, many people hide behind these labels. In a harsh, but honest, classroom I got told something of value. It was not my upbringing, it was not the military, it was not some mental dysfunction that made me such a bastard and drunkard. It was ‘defects of my character.” Not bloody pretty. Hard to accept, easier to have another drink….. Fortunately, the same classroom, first told me that these defects could be rectified and then with a lot of work I could change. The first step was to forget all the shit excuses above and look in the mirror.  Next was to DO something about that damn ugly bugger that was looking back. Just happens by doing this it also helped with my labeled excuse, that of an alcoholic. The rest as they say, is history. Bottom line? Regardless of your labeled excuse, you are ultimately responsible for your actions.

One main defect remains which I do little about; I have little time for people that constantly blame everything else for their problems and then hide behind a label, never once looking in the mirror.

I suppose I still am a manic depressed, PTSD, bi-polar, alcoholic, whadda, whadda, whadda… mess and the above, of course, is just one man’s opinion.

PS The bad grammar and spelling is NOT a defect of character, if you notice them, it just means that you are cleverer than I.


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Here is a story of developing and breaking an addiction, while dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome at the same time.



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4 Responses to “Hiding behind labels….”

  1. Ian Says:

    You’ve got my vote if you ever want to run for office. Honesty is a rare coomodity in today’s world.

  2. Andre Rex van Wyk Says:

    Love it love it love it boet! Well put.

  3. Wayne Bisset Says:

    Reblogged this on Section Eight Solutions.

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