Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Sep 2018 00:03 UTC, submitted by hornett
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Terrence Andrew Davis, sole creator and developer of TempleOS (née LoseThos), has passed away at age 48. Davis suffered from mental illness - schizophrenia - which had a severe impact on his life. He claimed he created his operating system after having spoken with and receiving instructions from god, and he was a controversial figure, also here on OSNews, for his incomprehensible rants and abrasive style towards OSNews readers and staff. We eventually had to ban him, but our then-editor Kroc Kamen worked with him in 2010 to publish an article about his operating system despite his ban.

Davis was clearly a gifted programmer - writing an entire operating system is no small feat - and it was sad to see him affected by his mental illness. I mourn his passing, and I wish his family and friends all the strength they need in these trying times. His family and friends are asking people to donate to "organizations working to ease the pain and suffering caused by mental illness", such as The Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation or the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

I hope he found peace - wherever he may be.

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RE[3]: Comment by andywoe
by tylerdurden on Mon 10th Sep 2018 22:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by andywoe"
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I actually do happen to have a close member of my family who suffered from this disease as well.

Schizophrenia in males is almost exclusively expressed in late teens very early twenties.

Their actions/opinions are shaped by their severely affected/compromised cognitive processes, holding them personally responsible is part of the perpetuation of the stigma and abuse many mental health patients have to endure.

You're not supposed to take personally something that a mentally ill person says. They need an environment that is compassionate enough to understand the very basic truth that the brain is just another organ and as such prone to disease.

We shouldn't take the racist rants of a schizophrenic personally just as we should not be offended because a paraplegic failed to qualify for a marathon.

This is why zero tolerance PC concern trolling bullshit is dangerous, because it can victimize those who literally need to be given a free pass.

Edited 2018-09-10 22:11 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by andywoe
by zima on Tue 11th Sep 2018 11:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by andywoe"
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What about when the affected refuses to medicate? (though I suppose that's mostly a failure of the US healthcare system...)

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RE[5]: Comment by andywoe
by tylerdurden on Tue 11th Sep 2018 15:37 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by andywoe"
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What about it?

A sick brain, which is what people suffering mental health issues, in many cases is not going to be able to make reasonable choices because it's perception and cognitive processes may be severely compromised.

One of the reasons why mental health is so prone to stigma is because mental diseases are "invisible," unlie other more obvious illnesses; we can see clearly when a person has a broken leg, but a broken mind does not look that different from a healthy one so it is hard to accept that the behavior of a mentally ill person are the manifestations and symptoms of their illness.

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RE[5]: Comment by andywoe
by M.Onty on Wed 12th Sep 2018 16:38 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by andywoe"
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What about when the affected refuses to medicate?

Given that the brain has to decide to treat itself, that is not dissimilar to someone with two broken legs who can't walk to A&E to get them set.

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