Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Had a little scare today at the gym/clinic. We had a guy threaten some staff members with a knife. We forget how naive we can be when we are there to help the community. We forget about those people that can/will manipulate the system. We forget to protect ourselves from being set up. It is the most unlikely people that we tend to worry about. Maybe we trust too much? Maybe we try and look for the good in people all the time? This was an eye opener today. My "new" client I was so excited about seeing will not be my new client. This man, who I thought was harmless, was manipulating all of us. I feel sorry for my coworker that was literally trapped in her office with him during a therapy session. I can't imagine how terrifying that would be to know at any minute this guy could snap. He showed her this very large knife.
This is not the first time we've had this happen at the clinic, but not to this extreme. I don't know if it is because people have lost respect for human lives or they are de-sensitized to life in general. If it is because of their financial issues or if it is a true emotional/psychological issue.
I think, we at the clinic, tend to think no one would "hurt" us because we do good things for people that can do things for themselves/families. This really makes me sad. I feel like we, as a society, don't know how to handle our mentally ill. We put them in jails where they don't belong. We kick them out into the streets where they don't belong. The real question is where do they belong?
How do we change society to become sensitive to life? Do we take away the video games that teach us how to kill? Do we take away the music that degrades life? Do teach our kids good moral values? Do we sit and talk with our kids about life? Lots of questions fill my head tonight. I don't like the dark side of life as you can tell. It makes me uneasy. It makes me ill to my stomach.
Things will be better tomorrow. I just needed to get this off my chest and out of my head tonight. I needed to vent my feelings, so I could sleep. I'm glad Kent doesn't have to work tonight.
Strong Mind, Strong Body