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Compassion vs Safety: Facing Violent Mental Illness in a Neighbor

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I know most people as damaged as me do not survive in any way comparable to a profound degree of healing. Please do not think I am ungrateful.

Would you be willing to comment on my bitterness against what I see as our society's refusal to accept that humane incarceration might be the only protection against the criminal mentally ill, and that de-institutionalization was applied too generally?

Chief Justice Earl Warren believed in the rights of all citizens in our courts, particularly under-represented ones. But I think his compassion was too generally applied, and without genuine thoughtfulness: there are vast differences between criminal insanity and responsible people who make their management of terrible mental conditions their highest priority. Neither race nor religion nor disabilities have anything to do with a brain's enthralled dedication to murder, to emotional and social abuse, to rape and incest and torture" all forms of torture.

Having been born Jewish, I feel guilty that I cannot be totally compassionate toward my insane and abusive neighbor. Thank God that rational acceptance of the facts tells me that compassionate people, especially women, have been raped and murdered while attempting to help those who could and would not be helped. And what was left of my attempts hoped-for absolute compassion ended on May 27, 1993 when my dearest friend, Christopher Godden Jr., was murdered by a violent alcoholic and non-medicated manic depressive.

Please understand that I am praying for the deliverance of all who suffer, from Syrian refugees to the mentally and physically ill, including my neighbor. Please also understand that common sense, observation and experience must prevail in decisions concerning one's own safety. Beloved friends on both coasts, clergy persons and counselors are supporting my quest for safe housing and not condemning me for being so angry and feeling so grief-stricken.

It would be a great privilege if you would offer your comments. I have read that you often must tell stalking victims they must find new homes. I wonder how these beleaguered persons accept that. They have my heart. Please tell them so if the occasion arises.

Most sincerely,

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I am a produced playwright,published essayist and doctoral level scholar in religion and literature, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am also the widow of Silas S. Warner, creator of the original "Castle Wolfenstein".
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