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 Posted: Mon Apr 25th, 2011 08:12 pm
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I gotta disagree a little, Mark. I don't think it's entirely a sign of laziness on the part of the historian, I think it's a sign of today's society. Seems the insanity plea is used way too often today to get someone off a murder rap, it's become the go to defense really. I don't doubt that there are people that are insane when they commit a crime, but I don't accept that everyone doing so is. So why not apply some mental disorder to some historical figure to explain the decisions they made when those decisions may have been poorly made. Makes it so much easier to apply today's social standards, just look for signs that would today cause the folks to apply a particular disorder to individuals. Boom if the "signs" are there then the historical figure was obviously suffering from the disorder.

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