Go Ahead………….Crush My Spirit

Recent Encounters With Authority Inspire this Posting

It’s not that I don’t respect others – it’s that I respect me

**Major Portions directly borrowed from “Beames on Film

3 Choices
3 Choices

Despite the ultimate, spirit-crushing lobotomy visited upon Nicholson’s Randle McMurphy following his strangling of the nurse, one of the really exceptional elements of ‘One Flew’ is that the institution is not portrayed as malicious for its own sake. Ratched is stern and rigorously enforces her regime – to the detriment of the patients – yet, until the heartless humiliation of Bibbet, her good intentions are never really in question. You get the sense she genuinely believes her methods are the best way bring stability or order to disordered lives. Here (in a refreshing break from the norm) the system, though it medicates patients into docility and uses electro-shock therapy as a punishment, is not depicted as deliberately cruel.

Perhaps (the forced lobotomy of McMurphy aside) Ratched’s greatest act of cruelty is subtle and indirect. Though most of her patients are in the hospital voluntarily – and therefore permitted to leave at any time – none of them express even the faintest desire to do so, thanks to her control over them and the relative security it brings. Through her regime Ratched merely seeks to pacify her wards, with little thought of preparing them to reintegrate with society. This horrifies McMurphy who thinks only of freedom. Though clearly a loose cannon, he’s not himself mentally ill: he’s a criminal who’s had himself committed in order to avoid manual labour and serve the rest of his sentence in relative comfort.

This allows him to witness, and experience, the pitfalls of institutionalisation. It is ambiguous whether he fails to escape the night of the illicit party (falling asleep) or simply decides not to – preferring to stay within this new community in which he has become an important member. Either way McMurphy becomes the unwilling victim of a system that seems designed to make people easier to handle, rather than working to enrich their lives. In this respect the hospital is not too dissimilar from the prison Nicholson’s character has left behind.

The Mind of Nikola Tesla

Sorry Goodwill.  The lobotomy didn’t take.

We can’t have Peace and Resolution without Truth.  You First…………………..

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Author: tomurich

A Recovering Musician and now an Anti-SJW with leanings toward Libertarianism - but more accurately a Constitutional Conservative who flies a Republican banner because there are no other options. The DemoBrat Party is disgusting, IMHO. Among other things...........Tom has developed successful branding events both in Michigan and abroad in Europe. Tom has been actively involved in the Liberty Movement with Justin Amash, Thomas Massie and Sen. Rand Paul. Let's work together to keep it going!

2 thoughts on “Go Ahead………….Crush My Spirit”

  1. Nurse Ratched was clearly a malignant narcissist, dead set to destroy everything and everyone who stymied her goal of world domination. I just created my own blog today about this type of narcissism. thanks for your post.

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    1. Thanks for your comments. Malignant Narcissism? Sounds like our POTUS! 😉 It does not necessarily have to indicate ‘world domination’ at all. It can be something as small as a lack of self-image or an indicator that a sly attempt to climb the rungs of the job ladder by stepping on a presumed ‘underling’s’ back has gone awry. People who believe they make progress at the expense of others’ free will are categorically narcissistic – they simply think they deserve more than somebody else. Ostentatious, maybe. Pretentious, surely.

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