#7 – Immoral Life
This reason is very telling. How on earth could an ‘immoral life’ ever have been translated as a form of insanity? Bad judgment, perhaps. Irritating and embarrassing to one’s family–certainly. But a mental illness?
Today’s reason for committal smacks hard of plain, old judgement wearing a fancy dress. I would suspect this reason would have, at times, been used liberally to control and intimidate those members of society who were perhaps just a little more free-spirited or alternate-thinking than the rest.
I can think of at least two characters in my novel ‘The Bird Box’ who very well may have been committed under a variation of this reason.
KJ Steele is the author of two novels, including the recently published The Bird Box. Visit her website.