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That The Beach scene you

That The Beach scene you referenced hit home and I was having some conversations with someone I really respect when it comes to psych stuff, and hear me out, have you ever looked into disability justice frameworks?

I was dubious (and still am) about the language and the kind of weaponized/shield-like use of it that can all to easily (imo) occur, but I think there is something definitely worth exploring there. It's something I've heard many anarchists preach, but not practice.

In practical terms I took it as demystifying mental illness and how we think about it in our social spaces (roommates, friends, lovers, maybe not affinity groups (for security reasons)). It's about making room for people when they are in places where they don't have the control over themselves that they normally, or would ideally, like to have.

In a way this is a kind of anti- Call Out culture (it's not, but in a way?) when it's directed at someone for mental health or other reasons they aren't totally themselves (but still themselves). It's less about creating a dualism of good and bad behavior, and more about opening space for people to have their problems and not shun them for it. It's also, probably, because I didn't do that much reading, about creating practical steps for us all to help people when they're not fully in control, like what if your roommate is having an episode? Who do you call? What resources are available online, in zines, etc.? How do I separate my roommates behavior towards me from what they're going through?

Maybe I'm reading the framework wrong, and certainly the terminology is suspect at best, but I was kind of thinking about it last night and thought of some of the positive aspects of de-specialization of skills and their integration into our everyday group dynamics. We kind of say that we do stuff like this already, but in practice I've seen more sob stories than I'd care to count.

And maybe if those Beach goers would have had some basic understanding of first aid (demystification) and also the desire to help (that culture of care and understanding) then they might've bandaged him up, boated him to the mainland (I forget this movie, did they have a boat?) had a couple people do rotating shifts to be there for him and when he got better, gave him a nice chair to sit on (he probably lost a leg).

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