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it's sad to watch

Have you ever watched someone's mind implode right before your eyes?

I don't mean their head, I mean their mind.

I am right now, and it is the most unbearable thing. I know this guy has been through a lot, but the scars are right there on the surface for anyone with half a brain to see and he doesn't even realize it.

I've written about this person before. I've only met him once or twice, but he's been on my friends list on one of my other blogs for several years now. We met through some election debating community or someone I met through some similar community. We have similar political views and he's a genuinely nice person, but...

I just can't stand watching it any more.

Since suffering a personal tragedy, the woo-woo side of him has completely broken through the surface and taken over. He's become rabidly paranoid, irrational and anti-science... and worse, anti-medicine. He spouts this alternative medicine crap all over his blog from time to time, talking about how evil the pharmaceutical companies are and how everything they touch is evil, and all because they couldn't save his wife from cancer. (Never mind that neither could the alternative medicine they turned to in its place.)

Today's post was all about how the bird flu was a big giant hoax designed to send money to the pharmaceutical companies because millions of people hadn't died yet.

What does he want? Do nothing until millions of people do die and then wonder why no one saw this coming? Or would I be listening to the same anti-science bullshit? I mean, the guy is down on Lance Armstrong because he supports medical research for cancer! Lance lived, and his wife didn't, so Lance must have been bought out by the drug companies! Of course!

I am really, really sorry that the cancer was too far along when they discovered it to save her, but I can't watch this. I really try to ignore it, but the crap he's saying, it needs to be challenged. I can't pretend that I agree or that I'm even happy to see it. I just can't do it anymore. Once or twice I could hope that he'd get over it, but it's clear that he's fully in the grip of this insanity and it isn't going away. I don't want to abandon him by banning him from my friends list, but at the same time, I just can't watch anymore.

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