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And These Are NOT Monsters

Before you this you should read my article These are Monsters…. The two articles go together and makes more sense when both are read.

The earlier article provided a few examples of and a description of what a monster is. Now, I will explain what a monster is not.

Most things I the world are not monsters, the end of this article will offer a short list of a few things that are not monsters. Since this site is about mental health, I will focus on the fact that:

People who have mental illnesses are not monsters.

We are people, just like everyone else. We laugh, we cry, we bleed, we eat, we sleep, we have relationships, we love, we hurt and we do everything else you do. Sometimes, it is hard for us to do the things you take for granted. It is not always easy to get out of bed in the mornings, sometimes it takes everything we have to do just that one thing that is so trivial for you.

We want the same things you do, happiness, success, family and friends.

Unlike the monsters you make us out to be, we do not eat humans, we do not drain a person’s life force, and we do not drink people’s blood to survive.

We do not have fangs, claws and we cannot change our shape. We are not made of black ooze or smoke. We do not posses people.

You do not need magic to bind or summon us. A rope binds us just fine and a phone call does a great job in summoning us. You do not need any special rituals or special weapons to kill us, the same things that kill you would kill us.

Dousing us with Holy Water will not hurt us, but it will make us look at in a weird way. Performing an exorcism on us will also get you a strange look, but it will not cause us any pain.

Here is a partial list of other things that are not monsters:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Birds
  • People from other countries
  • People of a different religion
  • Atheists
  • Liberals
  • Conservatives
  • People who have a different skin color
  • People of the opposite gender
  • Poor people
  • Middle income people
  • Rich people
  • Homosexuals
  • Heterosexuals
  • Bisexuals
  • Transgenders
  • and on and on

Just to refresh your memory, here is a partial list of things that ARE monsters:

  • Wendigos
  • Vampires
  • Ghosts
  • Ghouls
  • Zombies
  • Werewolves
  • Demons
  • Shtriga
  • Rougarou
  • Buruburu
  • Rawhead/Bloody Bones
  • Rakshasa
  • Acheri

Posted: June 13th, 2012 under Stigma, Thoughts, Thoughts on Mental Health.

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