Rules….For You and Not For Me?
March 8, 2016

Historically, the law has two copies.  One copy is for those who are the least embraced by a community, town, state or within a country.  The other copy is for those who are seated in power, wealth, politically connected or feared by others.  This argument can easily be traced by at least 2000 years.  In the Roman Empire history records a man named Felix.  Felix was born somewhere between 5 and 10 A.D. According Tacitus he was appointed the position of procurator though the influence of his brother Pallas.  Felix was cruel and ruled by taking bribes and utilizing threats and fear according to Josephus in Antiquity of The Jews.  Felix’s style of rule lead to more crime because individuals of status knew that with the proper bribes their crimes would potentially be overlooked.  The politics governing Rome of 2000 years past in many ways became the blueprint of our current form of government that we call a democracy.  Democracy  has the declarations that were the stated, accepted, and written will of the people.   Prominent individuals such as Felix understood the written declarations for a price could be ignored, modified, enforced inconsistently toward those who were willing to pay monetarily or with a type of “this for that” favor. The entire duration of Felix’s rule was constantly filled with unrest and ongoing conflict within his ranks.

An excellent illustration of the above story regarding Felix is found in the book of Acts 24:24-27. And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.  And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when i have a convenient season, i will call for thee.   He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him:  wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.  But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix’ room:  and Felix, willing to show the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

The facts of Acts 24:24-27 are:  Felix and his wife Drusilla after hearing Paul, knew that he was a man of integrity, worthy of respect, knowledgeable, respected government and loved God.  Felix and his wife Drusilla were intimidated by the astuteness of Paul because of their personal desires for adoration and control.  Felix and his wife Drusilla attempted to set a political and religious trap to discredit Paul;  if he had offered a bribe it would be an admission to him having a flawed character.  Felix and his wife Drusilla were willing to bring public shame upon the must upright man of their day because the refused to be broken by compromising his values.

 

For individuals who do not necessarily ascribe to the Bible as factual, there can be no denying of the external documentation of how Felix and others within the Roman Empire governed.  Equally, there can be no denying that our form of government is a derivative of the Roman form of government complete with the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches.

Philippians 3:16 might serve as a 21st Century reminder that our United States Constitution is the rule book for every citizen of America and it should not be up for bribes, ignoring, or retribution toward those that one disagrees.  Nevertheless, wereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. kjv

In the words of George Washington: the due administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good Government

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Growing Into “Self”
January 2, 2016

When a child is delivered a few questions asked by most parents are: Is it a boy or a girl; does the child have ten toes and ten fingers; does the child look more like the mother or father; is everything else alright, etc.  From birth children require a conductor that is dedicated to developing the growth ability of the child physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.  The lack of proper food for example will lead to malnutrition and possible starvation.  The joyful parent(s) who take the child home into a highly charged environment of hostility, fighting, streaming, physical violence will cause the child to be on edge, withdrawn, tense, angry, and even attempting to always please others in an attempt to avoid future exposure to emotional abuse.  Children come home with their parents from the hospital equipped with an empty social canvas eager to be developed.  Social interactions such as parental smiles, parental touch and time spent with the child, parental protection of the child, parental interactions one with the other all contribute to healthy socialization of children.  Every child has the potential for spiritual development.  Worldwide children possess an internal will to be in alliance with a power beyond self.  Children may also learn to fight against the belief that there is a God who is sovereign or children may learn to falsely advocate on behalf of an equality of multiple gods.

No child has grown into self without the assistance of others.  The “others” of choice for children are their parents.  The “others” of choice for child development is not left up to the child to select.  Growing into self without assistance is like the parent who attempts to only rely on self and no one else in life.  Growing into self might produce an undeveloped or a properly developed individual.  Below are a few questions to consider when attempting to determine how you have grow.

  1.  I have little to no problems trusting others
  2. I socialize with others because I enjoy being around people who accept me as I am
  3. I have a high amount of empathy for others
  4. I serve God because he loves me not because of fear
  5. I love others because I learned love from people who loved me

Each of us can grow up to be a bringer of blessings and goodwill into the lives of ourselves and others or a mis-user of both the goodwill and blessings of others.

The self we are is known by the fruit of our existence.  Are you willing to chance asking others who really know you to honestly share with you what the see and areas of growth that you could continue to grow more complete?

Luke 2:40,52

The Year Ahead….Never Measure It By The Year Gone By
January 1, 2016

Exactly 365 days ago I made several decisions, which are also known as resolutions. that to a large degree have been adhered to as I approach 2016.  Most people who are successful in making improvements throughout the year have the following mindset:

  1.  A clear understanding about why they should change
  2. A plan that at least is a blueprint mapping the path to change
  3. A support system that holds one accountable
  4. An attitude that being knocked down isn’t to be seen as defeat
  5. A belief system which allows for incorrect decisions

When 2016 opens its door in just a few hours, walk through them with an optimism that a setback is never to be accepted as failure but an opportunity for reflection, restructuring, and returning to the task that you are resolved to master.

Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church Shooting Impacts All Of Us
June 18, 2015

Almost 40 years ago I began preaching the gospel of Christ.   What happened last night in Charleston, South Carolina at the Emanuel AME Church touched me dearly.  Weekly, preachers, pastors, bishops, ministers, elders hearts are made glad to see individuals assemble midweek after a long day at work, challenges with health and so many other day to day matters.  My heart dropped as I prepared for bed at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday night following a great day serving God.  I had an excellent evening of fellowship at our 6:00 p.m. church meal, being blessed by a wonderful 7:30 p.m. study on the topic “Masters and Servants” only to arrive home and on the 10:00 p.m. news to hear about a church being targeted as the sight of a mass hate murder.

The Emanuel AME Church is considered the mother church of the AME churches in America.  It was reported that 9 of the 13 people assembled to pray and study the Word of God and encourage each other was killed by an individual who entered as a wolf among sheep.  The gunman, just like a wolf among sheep,  had no regard for anyone or anything except their own self serving desires.

The common ground for every place of assembly in the United States is not what the religious positions were of those inside the Emanuel AME Church, but rather the fact that it was a place of assembly for those who believed in the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.  The common ground is the embrace of Jesus as the one Lord of the Christian community and for that purpose were they assembled on last night together.  If this could happen to Emanuel AME, it could also happen in any place of worship in the United States.  It’s my prayer today that collectively we can all rally around the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in support of God, Christ the Holy Spirit and the desire they had to learn more about God’s will for their lives.

Every person in the entire world who embraces the deity of Christ and the Sovereignty of God should grieve and embrace and support the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in time of their grief.  Rejoice with them who rejoice and weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15

Media Drives Fear or Calm Outlook In Time of Crisis
May 20, 2015

Perception is the view embraced by others of events, people, behavior and outcome.  Have you noticed that the news stations aren’t looping over and over again the shootout that happened in Waco, Texas which left 9 people dead and dozens others injured?  I even saw one major news anchor on television this morning biking from Boston to New York with very little said in studio about the Waco blood bath.  When the events occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland the media labeled the events as “CRISIS”.  The media made sure the camera’s kept rolling and interviewing people without knowledge of what happened and almost for entertainment purposes interviewed individuals who honestly were an embarrassment to the community.

About 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs were charged with engaging in organised crime after a shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, that killed nine people and wounded 18. The crowd of suspects was so large that authorities opened a convention center to hold them all before they were arrested, police said. McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. Peterson set bond at $1 million for each suspect. He defended the high amount, citing the violence that quickly unfolded in the shopping market that was busy with a lunchtime crowd.  McLennan County Sheriff’s office have distributed the booking mugshots of the people arrested… (BBC)

Koreans fearful as Ferguson riot escalates

The Baltimore Riots Cost an Estimated $9 Million in Damages according to Time Magazine

The focus in times of unrest is indeed to make the public aware of what has happened while at the same time reassuring the public that they are safe and the “Crisis” does not define the city, community or citizens in the area.

The manner in which both the media and police approached Waco is commendable.  It will be great when the media and police commit nationwide to taking the same approach of respect and reassurance of safety to everyone in each community in America?

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God….Romans 13:1

 

Family Dynamics…There Is Nothing New Under The Sun
May 4, 2015

Beginning with Adam and Eve, in family dynamics some within a family seem to “get it” and others potentially will “get it” later or maybe not at all.  Within the family of King Saul in Old Testament history, Jonathan “got it” while his father never quite figured life out in a positive manner.  King David who once was an adulterer, murderer, liar who coveted power later in life “got it” but his son Absalom never quite figured life out in a positive manner.  Madelene Murry O’Hara a devote Atheist never quite “got it”, while in 1980 her son William converted to Christianity and was according to a quote from his own mother, “One could call this a postnatal abortion on the part of a mother, I guess; I repudiate him entirely and completely for now and all times … he is beyond human forgiveness.”  President Jimmy Carter is remembered for winning a Nobel Peace Prize while his brother Billy is remembered for drinking beer.  Jesus and eleven of his Apostles are remembered for being assembled together in Acts 1, while Judas is remembered for hanging himself and betraying Jesus.

Not long after the church was established in Acts 2, by the time one reads Acts 5, a husband and wife team brings shame upon the glorified church by teaming together to hide the true unchanged components of their hearts.  A few of those components appear to have been greed, mistrust of others, pride, insecurity and a true lack of spiritual maturity.    In the history of the world, there has never been nor will there every be a long extended expanse of chronological time, when mankind will “get it” collectively all at the same time in such a manner that absolute tranquility will be in place long term.  Have you noticed that in work environments, social environments and home environments at any given time, someone becomes disruptive and creates internal tension within the organization(s)?  The bad news is that within anything that has greatness and or the potential for greatness, Satan is constantly looking for an opening to destroy the potential for a wealthy harvest.  The good news about such bad news it that the burden is put upon the shoulders of those who “get it”, not to allow Satan and his many devices to take over.  Organizations with gold and silver should not allow themselves to become wood and clay.  Wood and clay must somehow become accepting of the fact that their is indeed a place within the home for who they are and what they are capable of providing to the great organization while functioning within the realm of their abilities.  Satan on the other hand will make every effort to enter into the hearts of each component and turn them one against the other.

In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay.  The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use.  If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use.  your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.  Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts.  Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace.  Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.  Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.  A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.  Gently instruct those who oppose the truth.  Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.  Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap.  For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.  2 Timothy 2:20 – 26

Domestic Violence – It’s Clearly A Crime – Just Not Clearly Defined In Legal Circles
September 8, 2014

Intimate partner violence includes rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. This report presents trends in intimate partner violence by sex, and examines intimate partner violence against women by the victim’s age, race and Hispanic origin, marital status, and household composition. Data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which collects information on nonfatal crimes reported and not reported to the police from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households.

Take a look at this video and decide what type of crime is being committed?  Is it simple assault, attempted murder, a felony, or a misunderstanding?  Depending upon the officer, the prosecutor, who the person committing the action is or who the individual on the receiving end of the action is, determines how the incident is handled.

http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_ekaflcqq

Females living in households comprised of one female adult with children experienced intimate partner violence at a rate more than 10 times higher than households with married adults with children and 6 times higher than households with one female only.

Females ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 generally experienced the highest rates of intimate partner violence.

From 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female.

According to The U.S. Department of Justice in a July 1996 National Institute of Justice report to Congress under the Violence Against Women Act:

Within the criminal justice system, data collection is complicated by the division of
responsibilities across many independent entities—law enforcement agencies,
prosecutors, courts, and corrections. Although some local jurisdictions have
established integrated criminal justice information systems, most criminal justice data
are fragmented along operational boundaries. The continued difficulties in obtaining
complete and accurate criminal history records were cited as one indicator of the
inability to track individuals as they move through the criminal justice system or
recidivate for subsequent crimes.

The U.S. Department of Justice 1996 report revealed another eyeopener:

Multi-jurisdictional—multiple State and local agencies
Because of victim and offender mobility, agencies increasingly must be able to share
information across State and local boundaries. There are several Federal and regional
efforts under way to either provide mechanisms to do this or to encourage the
development of these systems. Achieving this goal will take time, however, and many
technical and organizational obstacles will have to be overcome.
One situation where this has been identified as a serious problem is with court
protection orders because officials outside of the originating jurisdictions generally do
not have ready access to the information required for enforcement. In addition,
policies and standards for issuing court protection orders can vary from area to area, making enforcement across jurisdictional boundaries a complex issue for local authorities.

The absence of a national definition of domestic violence causes irregularities in the
inclusion/exclusion of more informal relationships such as current or ex-boyfriends/
girlfriends, roommates, and cohabitants.  For example, Michigan and Kansas
have added a box on their crime incident report forms that officers must mark to
indicate whether an incident was domestic violence related. Other States (e.g.,
Connecticut, New York, and Wisconsin) have separate forms for reporting domestic
violence. The special domestic violence report form enables States to collect offense specific
information that may be more difficult to include in a general crime incident
report form. Use of a separate form, however, does carry the physical and
psychological burden of additional paperwork, which increases the likelihood that
officers will fail to complete or submit a report.

Because domestic and sexual violence victims can face possible reprisals by the
offenders, a heavy burden of embarrassment, and other repercussions, obtaining their
cooperation can be extremely difficult for law enforcement and other agencies. The
act of reporting domestic violence and some sexual violence incidents may be
considered by victims as a last resort or as a way to make an irreparable break in a
relationship. Consequently, the victims may perceive reporting as an admission of
personal failure that they cannot face or believe is avoidable.
Additionally, the problem of adequate training of personnel in handling these cases
often was cited in the project panel discussions and survey responses. As many
jurisdictions are recognizing the seriousness of these offenses, new laws and policies
are being adopted, which in turn may require time to train all relevant staff in new
procedures and to fully implement them.

For all the above reasons, under reporting of domestic and sexual violence can be
more of a problem than for other types of offenses. Although efforts can be made to
overcome some of the factors hindering accurate reporting, some barriers may never
be completely surmounted given the nature of these crimes and the social and
behavioral issues involved.

Because identifying domestic violence crimes may involve consideration of a criminal
act, the relationship between the victim and offender, and the offender’s motive for
committing the act, properly classifying cases can be more difficult than for other
types of offenses. For example, a crime incident that would normally be considered a
property crime (e.g., a burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny, or vandalism) could be
classified as a domestic violence incident if the perpetrator’s intent is to harass or
intimidate the victim. This may require the investigating officers to go beyond the
facts initially presented for a complaint to its possible underlying circumstances.
An additional complication for data reporting is that some States have not mandated a
specific domestic violence offense with which to charge an offender. In these
instances, the offender is charged with another offense, but his case may be flagged as
a domestic violence case for reporting purposes. Other States have broader family
violence statutes that include domestic violence.

As early as 1930 the Uniform Crime Reporting System has been in existence and all states contribute data into it in one form or another.  The UCRS was not mandatory however.  In 1980 the FBI replaced the old 1930 UCRS with the National Incident Based Reporting System NIBRS.  The new NIBRS is not mandatory for states to enter data.  Whether it’s the old UCRS reporting or the newer NIBRS reporting system, neither system has a clearly defined category for Domestic Violence under Category A or Category B Crimes. 

Time has come for our communities, schools, churches, businesses and families to demand that individuals who commit domestic violence be held accountable for their behaviors.  Men are to honor women as vessels of high value.  Women are to esteem men as one who is her point man or one who is willing to go before her.  Behaviorally, whenever domestic violence presents itself, it is certain that someone is functioning below God’s expectations.  There is never a time when domestic violence should be accepted or explained away in a civilized society.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
April 3, 2014

Gunshots, sirens, screams, fights, body bags, fear, anxiety, worry, drug abuse, inability to focus are contributing things normally linked to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).   Imagine being exposed to such an environment day in and day out for weeks, months and God forbid years.  According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders there are at least 5 Criterion that must be met in order to diagnose PTSD:

1a.  Symptoms follow exposure to an extreme traumatic stress inducing event where the individual directly was impacted or witnessed events involving death, critical injury, threat of physical harm or threat of death.

1b.  An individuals response to events such as those in Criterion 1a are of intense fear, helplessness or even horror and agitated or disorganized behavior in younger children.

2.  The intensity experienced in 1b of fear, helplessness, horror, agitation and disorganized behavior resulting from exposure to events must be a persistent re-exposure to the traumatic event(s).

3.  The over exertion of energy to avoid stimuli associated the the initial traumatic event and a numbing of general responsiveness

4.  There is an abnormal and persistent increased arousal in the here and now that is not in line with what is happening presently.

5.  The abnormal expression of 2 – 4 above must be manifested in a person for at least on month.

6.  The abnormal expressions of an individual must cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of daily functions. 

Surprisingly it is easier for individuals to determine that individuals who have gone off to war and returned might be acting differently than it is to make a similar determination of individuals in the general population.  I recall as a boy hearing my parents talk about men who had fought in World War 2 and Korea who weren’t the same as before going off to war.  The general term used to describe the changed behavior was “shell shocked”.  Men that I grew up with went to Viet Nam and some came back very agitated, anxious, paranoid, fearful and even addicted to drugs.  Over the past decade ten’s of thousand men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been impacted by road side bombs, direct gun fights, rocket propelled grenades and suicide bombers.  War is an incubator for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and when our men and women return home they as well as family and friends truly hope everything will be as normal as it was before they were deployed.  The sad reality in far too many cases however is that war is an ongoing traumatic theater for the duration of one’s deployment.  

Traumatic events according to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders are not restricted to combat in the military.  Violent personal attacks such as sexual assaults, physical assaults, robbery, kidnapping, torture, imprisonment or even automobile accidents may also cause PTSD.  Children and adults in communities around the United States of America are experiencing PTSD and are many times dismissed as being socially maladjusted.  The communities where gunshots, murder, robbery, street violence exists daily, both young and old, black and white are living in exposure to the possibility of becoming victims of PTSD.  When such individuals leave the stress inducing environments of their upbringing, there is the misconception that they are able to function in a more stable work environment, a more stable community, a more stable church, a more stable marriage or more stable social settings free of the stress inducing traumatic pass.  Without any warning and regardless of where a person might find themselves,  something may trigger inside a person and they will actually experience anew the same emotions as what happened in the war zones of Iraq, Viet Nam, or even where one grew up. 

Children who were raped or constantly exposed to domestic violence and or neglect, or constantly lived in fear or witnessed chaos, might easily experience undiagnosed PTSD as an adult.  What happened at Fort Hood Texas on yesterday must be studied from the soldiers history not just based on his apparent state of mind on the day of the event, but what was his complete history from childhood, to marriage, to becoming a soldier, to the experience in Iraq and the impact of his most recent move to Texas.

Do you know individuals whose behaviors appear to be very unpredictable or agitated, suspicious of others in a manner that does not seem to bother most other individuals? 

 

Phil Robertson…..Racist?
December 19, 2013

Racist according to Merriam Webster Dictionary is the belief of a person that one race should control all other races.  Racism according to Oxford Dictionary lays out the theory behind racism as prejudice, discrimination or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

Phil Robertson, Duck Commander

Sullaway and Dunbar utilized a prejudice rating scale to see if there was a correlation between extremely prejudice individuals and indicators of psychopathology.  Sullaway and Dunbar used the DSM’s Delusional Disorder Scale subtype for prejudice type.  Alvin F. Poussaint in the January 2002, Volume 176 of The Western Journal of Medicine notes that individuals who scored on the extreme side of the prejudice scale may exhibit less acceptable behaviors and fears and project the same onto others as a way to scapegoat their own problems.

Prejudice type: A delusion whose theme is that a group of individuals, who share a defining characteristic, in one’s environment have a particular and unusual significance. These delusions are usually of a negative or pejorative nature, but also may be grandiose in content. When these delusions are extreme, the person may act out by attempting to harm, and even murder, members of the despised group(s).

The sad conclusion if the above information is correct indicates that the true racist and the true practice of racism is more displayed in individuals who are so quick to accuse others of being phobic, hateful, antagonistic and in conflict with Christian values.  Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil, that put darkness for light and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.  Another question that must be dealt with is the role of Scripture in today’s world.  What response do one have to the letter written to Christians in Rome and the text of Romans 1:18 – 32.  Just because a person choose to state what is written in the Bible does not make them phobic or a hater or one who treats others without Godly love.  

Mr. Robertson said nothing that I could read in the published articles that stated he hated others.  The “others” appear to feel entitled to say very direct things about Mr. Robertson even trying to negatively impact his character, faith, finances, ethics and whatever else that could be demeaning to him.  On the other hand, Mr. Robertson confined his comments exclusively to the one topic of sin.  Interesting, he continually stated “that’s just me”.   Mr. Robertson decided to choose to state what his values and convictions are and is being severely called out for doing so.  I wonder what our country would be like if some of the same individuals who so quickly cried out on this subject would with the same voice cry out against the lack of high levels of education in poor communities, the lack of equal pay for equal work between all men and women regardless of race, religion or sexual preference.  I wonder what our country would be like if some of these same individuals would with one voice cry out against drugs, crime, murder, the lack of jobs, the prisons being populated with so many young African American males who should be getting an education instead of 5 to 10 years in prison?

Final question, who appears to display more hate, more anger, more non Christian attitude in the things said?  Was it Mr. Robertson or those who responded to what he said?  

The “Face” Behind The Face In Mental Illness
September 18, 2013

Columbine, …Fort Hood, Texas….Jonesboro, Arkansas….New Town, Conn…The D.C. Sniper…The Washington, D.C. Naval Yard…

  • A police officer stands at the main gate of the Washington Navy Yard in Washington

WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) – Rhode Island police warned the U.S. Navy last month that Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis had reported “hearing voices,” raising further questions about how he gained security clearance at the complex where he went on a shooting rampage.

What is the common denominator of each place or event listed above?  People with Mental Health Issues that were undetected yet preexisting that ultimately caused the death of innocent victims.  Many man hours, think tanks, security forces and the creation of safety book packs and clothing are attempts to ease the mind of each of us as we so desperately want to be safe.   In the most recent episode of mass killing that took place at The Naval Yard in Washington, D.C., the personality profile of the shooter is almost a photo copy of each one that came before him who committed similar acts.  Conflicting summaries from friends, colleagues, and relatives about the shooter creates an appearance that almost put those who knew the shooter against each other.  At each level of engagement with others, individuals with certain mental illnesses have the ability, at least for a duration of time, to hold themselves together and not reveal the true face of who they really are.  Deception and the ability to manipulate the world around them is critical for day to day existence to individuals with certain mental problems.  There are as many faces behind certain mental illnesses as necessary for the mentally ill individual to survive.  This may be one of the key factors that makes it quite difficult for just one person or one environment to readily pinpoint the larger mental health problem.

Police: Navy Yard shooter experienced paranoia

The D.C. Naval Yard killer time after time exhibited questionable and socially unacceptable behavior.   There was no way how he behaved at home could be clearly conveyed to military personal because Alexis was the buffer between those two worlds of which he was a part.  There was no real way for those who interacted with him socially to communicate with his work world because again he was the buffer between them.  Thus this shooter and all other individuals suffering with certain behavioral mental disorders are also able to make sure that each of their environments never have a real opportunity to merge into one space.  Corporate environments to a larger degree do not look favorably upon people who bring their social or family faces into the work place.  Corporate environments often do not want individuals venting, discussing or seeking help for matters other than what they were hired to do.  Because of the corporate work expectation this becomes a perfect place for individuals with certain mental issues to put on a professional face of having it together, looking the part, talking the part, being admired for their toughness or being admired for being direct or being admired for just being silent and not engaging.  In work environments anger is seen sometimes as one just having a bad day or frustrated with a project, etc.  Only people who work in close day by day sometimes stress environments will begin to notice some abnormalities in how the person responds to frustration and boundaries.  Co-workers begin to use phrases like, he is all business, she is direct and to the point, or he pulls no punches to describe the person.

  • Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis Heard Voices, Experienced Paranoia, Police Report Shows (ABC News)

    ABC News – Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis Heard Voices, Experienced Paranoia, Police Report Shows (ABC News)

a quote from ABC News states the following:

Whether Alexis’s problems actually stemmed from 9/11, his behavioral issues were apparent for years before the shooting.

“I know Aaron had some post traumatic [stress disorder] from being in the military,” his friend Melinda Downs told ABC News. “He went to the VA and they would give him some medicine.”

In addition to Alexis’s claim of PTSD, he struggled to connect with his family and win his father’s approval, Downs said.

The “face” behind the face in many mental illnesses such as discussed in this article manifesting traits of mistrust, the face of insecurity, the face of a sense of entitlement, the face of isolation and the face of anger and the inability to forgive others for injustices goes with the individual whether they are at work, at home or at a social event.  Individuals who share life with individuals suffering from mental illnesses such as narcissism, sociopath, paranoia disorders may sense a low level of discomfort pertaining to the behaviors and comments of such individuals.  Individuals who are narcissistic, antisocial, or paranoid are very careful not to disclose or display all of their internalized emotions for fear that their true face will be made known.

Below are summaries of three mental health disorders that most individuals experience daily at some level but at best scratch their heads in dismay when they try making sense of what just happened right before their eyes.

A. Sociopath Traits –  Promiscuous Behavior, lying as if they are telling the truth, live as a parasite off others, callous, no empathy, no love toward others, nor remorse for actions, arrogant, conning, sense of entitlement

B. Narcissism Traits – Arrogant, self centered, demanding of others, cockiness, manipulative of others, very aggressive, destructive of others character

C. Paranoid – Suspicious of others, feel others have hidden motives, low ability to work with others, social detachment, hostility, carry grudges, very confrontational

The Navy Yard shooter was a practicing Buddhist yet he remained on a road of destruction of others and ultimately himself.  It is not uncommon for people suffering from mental illness and family members to believe the cure for mental illness disorders is religion.

Alexis was also a Buddhist who believed in meditation to relieve stress, she said. He would practice meditation and also encouraged his friends to do so. She said she never would have imagined him shooting innocent people… ABC News

Because many mentally ill individuals do not work with the people they live with, nor do they socialize with with individuals they work with, peoples opinions regarding the exact same person such as the Navy Yard Shooter will almost appear to contradict.  Friends depending upon the level of interaction with mentally ill people may not always know the individual at the same level regarding anger, mistrust, lack of friends, etc.

PublicationsGet booklets, fact sheets, and brochures on mental health topics.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/statistics/index.shtml