Letter to the editor: Depressed is not deranged
In regards to Brian Marceau’s article “Not Deranged, Depressed” I fully support his idea that our country is in a state of mental illness, but I do not support his claim that there is enough of a difference between a state of depression that brings the victim to commit mass murder and just being simply deranged.
When Marceau mentioned that the ones who commit these crimes think to themselves, “I hate myself and it’s your fault,” it just shows how deranged these people are.
People who are so depressed to the point that they are socially unacceptable and violent must be considered mentally unstable and in such case are deranged.
This type of reasoning is a roundabout way of blaming others for things one needs to work out for themselves, in any case, flawed logic. Once they start to blame others they not only leave their self-responsibility behind, but also their clear thought process. If people truly think like this, they have lost what society calls rational thought. If one is to hate themself it is their choice and their choice alone. No one can truly force you to hate yourself; you make that decision on your own. Others do not make it for you.
Although I disagree with Mr. Marceau in that aspect I believe he has a valid point that shootings are usually brought about by depression. When society pushes people into a corner they act violently, but if we were to take it onto ourselves to pull these suffering people out of the corner and actually give them self-confidence we could possibly even be able to prevent them from losing their sanity and killing those who threw them out of society.
—Kyle Weage, Freshman, virtual technology and design