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Old 03-07-2013, 02:02 PM   #76
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I think anyone who assumes that they can make a difference in the world has to be at least somewhat naive. But it tends to be the naive ones who go out and make something happen. If it's a choice between being naive and bringing national and international attention to a mass murderer and an ongoing crisis, versus being "aware" and sitting back and doing nothing...

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I don't sit around and do nothing over issues I care about. I give money to Doctors Without Borders whenever I can. That's more than what many others do.

I think it's cool that Russell cares enough to start an NGO to stop Kony. I just doubt that he never had any mental issues prior to last year.
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I don't sit around and do nothing over issues I care about. I give money to Doctors Without Borders whenever I can. That's more than what many others do.
I wasn't talking about you; the guy got a lot of grief from a lot of people last year, mostly from people who didn't give two shits and sure as hell weren't putting any action into anything. The world isn't changed by the people who throw stones at those who do.
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I think anyone who assumes that they can make a difference in the world has to be at least somewhat naive. But it tends to be the naive ones who go out and make something happen. If it's a choice between being naive and bringing national and international attention to a mass murderer and an ongoing crisis, versus being "aware" and sitting back and doing nothing...

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oh i disagree - i think they have to be courageous, brave, determined, stubborn as hell and very very realistic - naivety wouldn't be good in many of the situations they have to deal with...

being naive can be very damaging... perhaps he simply wasn't the right man for the job...

quite a few friends of mine work in high positions in various NGOs, and naive is definitely not a word i would use to describe them... it's not exactly an either/or situation - "naive" or "nothing" though is it

ps- i thought he was naive for putting all the focus on his personal story, involving his kid, and not expecting any backlash - that was incredibly naive - not the issue itself (although the Kony problem has been going on for many many years and i was actually surprised people were not informed already - it was something i'd known about for ages...)

and, yeah, i don't exactly sit around doing nothing either actually
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He may or may not have had underlying issues that caused his psychotic episode. There is no prerequisite of a mental health problem for a single psychotic episode all you need is enough stress with a situation you can't control and boom there goes your reality. We all have different ways of coping with stress and ways of not coping with it. All you need is something to overwhelm those normal coping mechanisms and a psychotic episode may be the result. It's not that uncommon. As the guardian article pointed out if this was a heart attack he would not have received anywhere near as much vitriol but because he 'lost it' so to speak he was condemned even more.

Anyway if you ask me, if there was to be any underlying disorder I'd pick bipolar, just cause he comes across a bit manic and from what I've seen of him in videos and what not a tad delusional and self aggrandising then again you could say that about anyone a bit up themselves like Bono etc. Not really anything to base any sort of judgement on.
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