Anonymous asked: How do you not react with disgust when some one tells you they are sexually attracted to children, what if it was your child they were attracted to? They should all be shot

therapy101:

The short answer is:

Because all people, no matter who they are, deserve access to ethical, high quality health care, including mental health treatment. 

The longer answer is:

It isn’t my job to be disgusted. It’s my job to provide treatment to people who need it- including people who are attracted to children, but also who have all kinds of other sexual fantasies and practices, people who use drugs, who have committed violent crime, who have questionable and even dangerous parenting practices, who have political, religious, and moral beliefs I don’t agree with, and so on. That’s my job. If I’m not okay with that then this isn’t the job for me. It is an extremely slippery slope if I as a clinician begin to say, no, I won’t treat you because of who you are and as a profession I think it is essential we avoid that

In any case, these are still real people. People experiencing real pain, anguish, and guilt. Often these are not people who have ever offended against children. They are people who don’t want to hurt anyone, who recognize that carrying out their fantasies would hurt people, and want to avoid that desperately. Think about how awful it would be if the only way you could receive sexual gratification- and maybe feel intimate or close to another person -would mean you would have to hurt someone. In other to avoid hurting people, for the rest of your life, you would have to be celibate and alone. Even though you had chosen this- the right thing! -people would still reject you and revile you, because of something you didn’t choose and didn’t want and haven’t followed through with. How awful would that be? I can’t look at a client experiencing that kind of pain and feel disgust. I feel sadness. I hope that I can help them decrease their pain and improve their life, and yes, make sure that they prevent harm. 

And I never think violence is the answer. An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind, remember. 

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My brother asked the birds to forgive him; that sounds senseless, but it is right; for all is like an ocean, all is flowing and blending; a touch in one place sets up movement at the other end of the earth. It may be senseless to beg forgiveness of the birds, but birds would be happier at your side — a little happier, anyway — and children and all animals, if you were nobler than you are now. It’s all like an ocean, I tell you. Then you would pray to the birds too, consumed by an all-embracing love, in a sort of transport, and pray that they too will forgive you your sin. Treasure this ecstasy, however senseless it may seem to men.
The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
[Book VI “The Russian Monk”, Chapter 3, Conversations and Exhortations of Father Zossima, (f) Of Masters and Servants, and of whether it is possible for them to be Brothers in the Spirit.]

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humansofnewyork:

"Everything is up in the air right now. My dog just died. My car just got hit. And I might get evicted. All I’ve got is my health."

humansofnewyork:

"Everything is up in the air right now. My dog just died. My car just got hit. And I might get evicted. All I’ve got is my health."

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"One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. "She thought it was an actual homeless person."

That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.

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Only American audiences ask me, “What should I do?” I’m never asked this in third world. When you go to Turkey or Colombia or Brazil, they don’t ask you, “What should I do?” They tell you what they’re doing… These are poor, oppressed people, living under horrendous condition, and they would never dream of asking you what they should do. It’s only in high privileged cultures like ours that people ask this question… We can do anything. But people here are trained to believe that there are easy answers, and it doesn’t work that way. If you want to do something, you have to be dedicated and committed to it day after day. Educational programs, organizing, activism. That’s the way things change.
Noam Chomsky | Imperial Ambitions (via goleyaas)

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laliberty:

Giant Portrait Shows Drone Operators That People Aren’t “Bug Splats”

From where a drone operator’s sitting, one blurry blob of pixels looks almost exactly like the next blurry blob of pixels, which is how the term “bug splat” worked its way into modern military slang as a way of referring to a kill. Now, though, a giant art installation in Pakistan wants to show drone operators that its people are anything but anonymous white blobs—and that that “bug splat” belongs to an actual human being.

laliberty:

Giant Portrait Shows Drone Operators That People Aren’t “Bug Splats”

From where a drone operator’s sitting, one blurry blob of pixels looks almost exactly like the next blurry blob of pixels, which is how the term “bug splat” worked its way into modern military slang as a way of referring to a kill. Now, though, a giant art installation in Pakistan wants to show drone operators that its people are anything but anonymous white blobs—and that that “bug splat” belongs to an actual human being.

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veganrecipecollection:

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To make vegan parmesan, I just need to blend a cup of almonds, half a cup of nutritional yeast, two cloves of garlic, and a pinch of salt. WHY COULDN’T SOMEONE TELL ME THIS TWO YEARS AGO

veganrecipecollection:

(via Easy Vegan Parmesan | The Everyday Vegetarian)

To make vegan parmesan, I just need to blend a cup of almonds, half a cup of nutritional yeast, two cloves of garlic, and a pinch of salt. WHY COULDN’T SOMEONE TELL ME THIS TWO YEARS AGO

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post-impressionisms:

Sketches of Leo Tolstoy, Ilya Repin. 1891.

post-impressionisms:

Sketches of Leo Tolstoy, Ilya Repin. 1891.

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The worst thing about not smoking is wanting a cigarette when I hear good music. I don’t know how my brain crossed the two highs, but it’s cruel and unusual.

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