Arbeit macht frei, or “Work will set you free”

People often get confused when reading the title of this blog, “Mental Health Affairs,” but even more so, people see the tagline “The Final Solution” and get stuck. Sirens, red flags, and even bells go off.

I suspect this because the blog targets a vulnerable population. Readers have also read the site’s flagrantly fascist “Nazi” rhetoric.  There is nothing flagrant about how I go about things in the blog. The blog is purposeful and deliberate.

The most potent aspect of language is its ability to transform meaning. Take notice of how I make full use of the inherent instability and ‘play’ of language. The transformative metaphors are examples of this ‘play.

All these metaphors allow for new meaning. The result is a fundamentally changed understanding of history and politics, perhaps the humanities.

The gate to Auschwitz bears a now-widely familiar inscription: Arbeit Macht Frei, or “Work will set you free.”

The only way for people with severe mental illness to work towards recovery is to work constantly. I have experienced this first hand as a person in recovery living with a severe mental health disorder. I also experienced this as a clinician who has experience treating people with significant mental health disorders. 

Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister, talks about the enormity of the task ahead to win the war against the allies, called for Total War.

Mental Health Affairs now shifts from reclaiming to re-appropriating. Total recovery is the complete mobilization of your resources to maximize the potential for your gains in healing. To truly make gains when your bodies are pitted against death or risk of serious illness, there can pose no obstacle in your path to recovery. 

Mobilize all your resources to achieve your goals. Total health and healing, natural recovery means taking all the unknowns and revealing them as markers and meter sticks to measure our gains and decrease the risk of relapse.

The fascist lingo here at Mental Health Affairs shows that change talk is quite axiomatic and straightforward at its root. When people are complicit with inhuman care systems go without retribution, there can be no recourse.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.