Mental illness is often entirely (though not always) in the eye of the beholder, deal lady. One society's madman is another society's stalwart citizen.The Duchess of Zeon wrote: I personally think that everyone who can stand and face death is mentally ill to some degree. For example, there were times I could and did, but I was suffering from such extremely low self-esteem then that I didn't care whether I lived or died; it wasn't bravery but rather severe mental distress, and the likelihood of my doing it in the future is drastically lessened by my improved mental state today.
I'm certain that the Aztec priests who hacked out human hearts were considered upright and outstanding examples of civic virtue to their fellow citizens.
And that they'd consider US to be the deranged lunatics...
Time move on, the seasons turn, and societies change. Whether they change for the better or the worse is entirely subjective. Unless, of course, the change causes them to die. Then it's obviously for the worse. Extinction almost always is.