It just occurred to me that I’d rather get caught up in the gears of the justice system than the medical system. Getting medical treatment is probably a better predictor of a slow, meaningless death through systematic incompetence at this point. A business associate yesterday turned out to have been on the wrong blood pressure medicine for 15 years. His heart rate was 40 and systolic was 199, so he went to a new doctor. His new doctor said “this isn’t for blood pressure, this is for lowering your heart rate”. Meanwhile, it’s destroyed his health and nearly killed him.
This medication has been destroying his body for 15 years and would have killed him 20 years early. Every other medical problem he has, including several other medications for side effects, stemmed from that prescription. He had no other problems to start with, it’s just that his blood pressure was high. Whenever I see the medical system in operation I think about that fable where they bring in cats to take care of the rat problem, then dogs to take care of the cat problem, etc. Unintended consequences are what happens when you apply scientific reasoning to complex systems.
I’ve heard stories you wouldn’t believe about the mental health system. You’d almost rather get kidnapped and held for years by one of those sexual torturers because at least their motives make sense. Why did the mental health professional torture you? Because this is the procedure and it’s science and they got into the job because it looked like it hit all their buttons but it turned out to be a confusing hellscape of government and insurance and liability and philosophy of mind and medical complications and I have to get out of here at 3:30 to pick up my kid from his mother. Therefore, like the Soviets before them, they discover the answer to every question is a shot of Ativan and a bowl to catch the drool. “No man, no problem.”
There’s a funny pattern in Seligman’s book ehere every revolution in psychological treatment is characterized by the genius getting tarred and feathered and run out of the profession to die in the gutter. You’d almost think there’s an incentive structure built into human genetics to destroy anything good as a competitive threat.
I missed my morning workout to write this shitpost. Everybody already knows all this but I got started and it just runs off on its own. That’s what I get for not scheduling creative time.