My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?
Given the fact that the USA is still the most powerful and meddlesome country in the world, it is rather important who becomes the next President of the United States. On Tuesday American voters in many States go to vote for their candidates in the primaries on Super Tuesday and I am rooting all the way for Barack Obama. No, its not (only) because he is sexy and black, but because he seems to have an intelligence and integrity – given the limits of American electoral politics – so sorely lacking in most elected officials (also those here at home)
So I am rooting for Obama all the way. Who wants another 8 years of the triangulating, cautious and cynical Clintons in the White House. Now, I wonder, when will we get our own Obama here at home. Sorry Jacob Zuma, you just ain’t it. Here is a video setting Obama’s speeches to music.