You know how you hear stories from time to time about some crazy person who totally flips out and hurts someone, and afterwards they say they did it because they heard voices in their head that told them to do it?
I was thinking about this because I saw part of a news segment this evening where this type of thing happened, about some dude who tried to kill his dad, didn't succeed, but ended up taking his own life; apparently its because the voices told him to do it.
Well, what I've always wondered about is why these people who hear these voices feel that they must obey them.
I mean, okay, their crazy, right, crazy people do crazy things, they act in an irrational manner, their cognitive wires are all out of whack, there is no sense to their senselessness, but being so blindly obedient, so easily enslaved by a voice, that's not just crazy, it's plain dumb. I mean would they jump off of a bridge if a real person told them to do it? Strange how they feel compelled to follow the orders of some invisible voice, but not those of real people they can actually see and have a real conversation with.
No, there's something else going on, if in fact the story is true, that is, if from their point of view they really do experience voices in their head telling them to hurt people, it would have to be more than just a voice, and more so a type of powerful hypnosis, where their will is totally subjugated, and they are acting completely unconsciously, like a robot programmed to execute a command, a robot who is unable to think for themselves or to question the authority of the command.
So it's like, it's not that they are simply being told to do these things, they are being emotionally compelled to do them by hypnotic suggestion.
But then the question to ask would be: who the hell is hypnotizing them then?
Another person? A demon/ghost/alien or other occult entity? Themselves? (This one is the most likely of the three; being a form of self-hypnosis originating in their unconscious).
In the pre-scientific era it would be said that this person is under the possession of an evil spirit, and would need to be exorcised by either a priest or a witch doctor. Now it would be said that this person is severely mentally ill, the voices are the result of severe and possibly irreparable brain damage, for which medication may be prescribed to calm them down, to reduce the severity of their hallucinations, and to make their life a little more bearable, but overall there is no cure.
It is probably possible to live with hallucinations. Hearing voices could probably be compared to always hearing a television or radio playing in the background. It's annoying, but not a reason to kill yourself or other people over it. But there is a significant difference between hearing voices, and feeling compelled to do whatever the voices tell you to do, especially if the voices are telling you to do bad things. Such people who have no control over themselves should probably be locked up for life. It's just safer that way, as they are just too much of a danger to themselves and to society to be allowed to be running around free.
But because we don't live in a perfect world some of these people will inevitably fall through the cracks, and from time to time they will do something crazy, something brutally tragic, and we wonder how it happened, why we couldn't have stopped it, why they didn't get the help they needed? But it's the same reason why there are murderers and rapists, some people are just damaged goods, there is no hope for them, their entire life is like a pathology, their like a tornado, everything they do points in the direction of destruction, and eventually someones going to get hurt.