Greydon Square attacks Brian Sapient (later pleas guilty)
Brian, I realize that words alone aren't worth much, but since I have nothing else to offer you:
I just wanted to give you my deepest sympathies. I'm quite sure Greydon hurt more than just your head when he attacked you. I am very sorry to hear that this happened to you, as well as the other tragedy you mentioned but did not want to discuss.
Bad things like that shouldn't happen to good people like yourself. The fact that they do will always be the most compelling evidence, to me, that there is no magical force looking out for the best interests of the meek or altruistic. It's a bleak world, sometimes, which is why I think it's so important we show kindness, compassion and companionship to one another.
Second post from Kevin Brown on the horrific attack by Greydon Square on Brian Sapient:
Brian and a number of other people from the RRS were at a secular humanist convention in the Washington District of Columbia. Greydon Square was there to both promote his CD and simply be another atheistic representative.
Greydon is, as I understand it, bipolar - and was not taking his medication. He confronted Brian at the convention over a paranoid delusion he'd developed as a result, regarding the CDs that Brian and bought and was selling at the convention (feeling that he was somehow being taken advantage of, regardless of the fact that these were CDs Brian had already paid Greydon for), and psychotically attacked and attempted to beat Brian to death (nearly succeeding in the endeavor).
Brian explained this story to the best of his ability to as many people as possible on Stickam, just after getting out of the hospital. He looked like he'd been hit by a truck.
To say the least, Greydon's in prison right now, charges are pending.
Such a waste.
I'm sure you've had other threats, but to have someone you trusted turn on you is reprehensible. I'm sure myself and countless others wish you a speedy recovery. The mental part, I realize, is the most difficult to overcome.
Holy shit. I had no idea.
This sucks on so many levels.
Brian, I hope you're doing better.
On edit: This really bothers me because if Greydon wasn't on medication, he isn't entirely responsible for his actions. Yet I'm extremely concerned about Brian. No winners here. It just plain sucks.
I have a severe form of unipolar depression. I've never developed delusions or psychoses. I've never become violent toward others. However, my doctor just tried to change one of my medications (sans psychiatrist because there aren't any good ones in this county). I've been at the edge of a panic attack for about two weeks as a result. I think (hope?) I'm turning the corner. It got so bad that at several points I was like, "Please, I'll believe in anything, god...just fix me!" Of course, I don't believe in god, nor do I think I could make myself, but it was that bad. I've been an atheist for many years and haven't felt anything like this in quite some time.
Mental illness is awful, especially because of the stigma and loss of self-respect that often follow. For Greydon it's hard enough to be a black atheist. Once he's well enough to realize what he's done to Brian (and probably his own career), he's going to be in a lot of pain. I'm with Brian: Let's pray to Jake that Greydon gets the help he needs.
Again: Brian, I'm sorry this happened to you. Rest well. What a huge shock to you, both mentally and physically.
Now that I know what happened, you can throw my best wishes, thoughts, and prayers to both Jake and the FSM in to the ring too. Best of luck with the recovery Sapient.
I've never understood why people start refusing to take meds, even if they are artists and their creativity gets affected. The downside in almost all situations I've come across (including ones that don't end up in situations like this) still don't seem worth it to me yet by the time the person gets back on the meds they've formed other rationalisations which make them not see the real affects that everyone around them sees of being off the meds. It makes it that much easier for them to convince themself next time to stop taking them etc and turns it in to a recurring circle. The sooner he gets back on them to realise what he's done the better.
I hadn't bought any Greydon CD's in the past because the music just isn't my style. It's something I probably wouldn't even listen to once, so I never bothered with the purchase. May as well make a donation via another form as I've done via the gold membership.
People have misunderstandings and conflicts, but there is no excuse for things degenerating to violence like that.
However, I wouldn't go so far as to use Greydon as the poster child for bipolar disorder and imply that all people suffering from such ailments are prone to violence.
I would point out that there's another serious problem looming on the horizon that is affecting people like him who have served in the armed forces: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Not that I have any clue what is happening with him, but PTSD is another issue that I wouldn't be surprised if it was a factor.
In any case, this is a sucky thing to have gone down. I hope it resolves itself in a way that everyone can live with.
Three years later and Sapient still has PTSD:
I still have PTSD from this. I'm too embarrassed to explain publicly how that PTSD affects me, because I know it's illogical and irrational. My fears are based solely on one person, but the PTSD remains.
"Natasha has just come up to the window from the courtyard and opened it wider so that the air may enter more freely into my room. I can see the bright green strip of grass beneath the wall, and the clear blue sky above the wall, and sunlight everywhere. Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full."
- Leon Trotsky, Last Will & Testament
February 27, 1940