“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness have become illusory fantasies of the American Dream. Yes, Industry (Psychiatric-Pharmaceutical, Food, Media, Education, etc.) sells us false promises of high productivity, bright smiles, perfect bodies, and social acceptability (for this is what America calls “happiness”), but beneath this façade is a society rife with disempowerment, disillusionment, hopelessness, isolation, and marginalization. We are taught to surrender our most basic freedoms and rights as citizens in the name of “normal”, often without even realizing it. And those of us who’ve been deemed “abnormal”, or who’ve pathologized ourselves… there isn’t even the pretense of liberty and justice.
Indeed, to be a free-feeling, free-thinking, free-acting human being today—to stand in defiance of “normal”—is to put oneself at risk of segregation via psychiatric label, silencing via psychiatric drug, incarceration via psychiatric “hospital”, and existential enslavement via the imposition of a “mentally ill” identity.
Our Founding Fathers urged us to take action should the government become destructive of our right to Life and Liberty. Indeed, it is our duty as American citizens to reclaim our most basic rights and to take a stand against the government-sanctioned oppression of our nation by the Psychiatric-Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex. Successful revolutions begin with the cultivation of a collective consciousness attuned to its oppression, and while there are many of us who’ve awoken to and freed—or are working to free—ourselves from the various multi-layered forms of oppression we’ve faced as mental patients, there are many millions who still believe the powerful story of the medical model of “mental illness” and psychiatric “treatment”. One need only look at the story of Justina Pelletier, or the Murphy Bill, to see how powerful this narrative is. We must find ways to reach those who don’t yet know they’re oppressed, who don’t yet see that there is life beyond Psychiatry. If we are to effectively transform our government and reclaim the right to own ourselves, we must start by dismantling the throne upon which the Psychiatric-Pharmaceutical Industry sits, our government at its feet. The revolution begins by asking our fellow brothers and sisters the simple question, “Are you really, truly free?”