Quote of the week

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?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
27 March 2007

There’s a Zulu on my stoep…..

Now Jacob Zuma is reported to have had a braai with Steve Hofmeyer and Leon Schuster, amongst others (see left). Which makes one wonder, who is advising Mr Zuma? Steve Hofmeyer is, of course, South Africa’s own Neil Diamond, but recently he has been transformed into an anti-crime, pro-Afrikaner activist. Is Mr Zuma meeting with him because President Thabo Mbeki said the white crime whingers are all racist?

My response is: can it really be so important to be President that one would be willing to meet people who has inflicted their singing and movie making “talents” on the unsuspecting world?

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