He was mentally different in a way we need but not mentally ill. He was
gifted to see our situation from an objective view.
Mental illness is a
euphemism for "crazy" that we don't use any more. He was not crazy. He just
had insight into the reality of our situation and it made him sad to realize
that not only did we accept it - we welcomed it.
He was depressed. You would
be too if you had a US Attorney determined to send you to pound-me prison for
the rest of your natural life. You would be too if you were trying to convey to
ordinary folk why their law and science should be open to all, and gotten
nothing but a blank look. Most folk depress me too, but I'm not crazy. Or
maybe I am - but I'll wear that crazy as a badge proudly.
He killed himself.
The US Attorney had done away with his ability to promote social change in this
life with her case, and the certainty that she would prevail through the certain
ignorance of his judge and jury. By killing himself he regained the power to
effect the change he craved - not for him, but for us. That's not crazy.
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