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So I was watching this film, and I was considering how psychiatric institutions damage those who are involved in them. The patients are damaged by medications which seem to rob them of half of their impulse to live, but perhaps in a subtler way the guards and the nurses are damaged too, by not being allowed to follow their natural impulses in the face of suffering but being stuck in the protocol, the expectation of how the system wants you to behave.
It struck me that in many cases the systems we build as humans contain roles which are unnaturally constrained, where people's natural inclinations, compassion, loving-kindness cannot be expressed. For example the police, or even a truck driver who is supposed to take stuff from A to B without sharing any of it or letting anyone on board his truck. Psychiatric institutions are just one example of this.
Do you think that these systems shape people? That we become used to closing an eye, to not looking suffering in the face?