March 5, 2009

Screw Politically Correct

"... and her [Lady Macbeth's] mental instability eventually killed her."
- a summary of Macbeth I had the pleasure of reading in school

No. Fucking. Way.

She killed her own damn self, thank you. Mental illness is not an assassin. Nor is it an affliction that kills you (cancer, pneumonia, diabetes) it just makes you WANT to die. We usually call the method used suicide.

I suppose this handout was put out by the same people who decided that the term "African slaves" is somehow offensive (the correct way to say this is apparently "enslaved Africans"- big difference, no?), but, really? Is the bureaucracy that afraid of mentioning suicide?

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