Friday, August 01, 2003

Arthur Diggins is a diagnosed schizoeffective. He explains:

I am Schizoeffective, which is like being Schizophrenic – delusional, paranoid, subject to The Voices – but with the added bonus of making me vulnerable to the symptoms of any number of other mental illnesses: Manic-Depressive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder, etc.

Naturally, he has a blog.

While his condition is severely debilitating, there are occasional minor compensations. For instance, when your voices are telling you that they're god, you have an opportunity to get real answers to some of those annoying questions that philosophers just can't seem to figure out:

ME: What about when bad things happen to innocent people – like when an earthquake wipes out thousands?

GOD: It happens. You think you’d be happy living in a perfectly safe, predictable creation? That’s like living in Disney World. You’d all commit suicide and then you’d all be dead, not just the few who are wiped out in wars and natural disasters.

ME: Few! Millions and millions are wiped out in wars! Can’t you at least stop that.

GOD: Yes. When a global currency goes into effect, wars will stop and more people will live. Then, I’ll have to send a plague. The planet’s only so big. Sorry. That’s the rules of the game I’ve devised and I have to follow them myself, or none of us have any fun at all.

via Diggins's old college classmate, Charles Kuffner


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