When people look to the state ("government", in any form) they demand answers so that they can continue to look to the state as their primary adoration. This is a form of state worship; where a person or society looks to the government for protection, security, guidance, and answers; things more closely linked to religious worship. The state will keep them safe, at birth, and eventually, should they have children, the state will educate the children. Should the children have questions about human life, such as sexuality, the state will provide the answers. Should they grow old and be unable to care for themselves, the state will provide the care. The state is the begin all, and the end all, for the worshipper, and when something goes wrong, the worshipper demands an answer from the "all knowing" state. The state cannot run out of money because it is "all powerful."
From plane crashes to child murder, the worshippers turn to the state and demand answers. When a storm hits, worshippers demand not only repairs, but prevention, as if nature, itself, is under the domain of the state.
The state, therefore, gives an answer.
This system of state worship is unsustainable, in any form.
France has ascribed blame here which, if allowed to stand, may have far reaching repercussions that are unpredictable and may impact the mentally ill's treatment in ways unforeseen.
MARSEILLES, France (Reuters) - A French psychiatrist whose patient hacked an elderly man to death was found guilty of manslaughter on Tuesday in a groundbreaking case that could affect the way patients are treated.
A court in Marseilles said Daniele Canarelli, 58, had committed a "grave error" by failing to recognize the public danger posed by Joel Gaillard, her patient of four years.
Gaillard hacked to death 80-year-old Germain Trabuc with an axe in March 2004 in Gap, in the Alps region of southeastern France, 20 days after fleeing a consultation with Canarelli at Marseilles's Edouard Toulouse hospital.
Canarelli was handed a one-year prison sentence and ordered to pay 8,500 euros to the victim's children, in the first case of its kind in France. Defense lawyers said the ruling would have serious repercussions for treatment of the mentally ill.
"If a psychiatrist lives in fear of being sentenced, it will have very real consequences and probably lead to harsher treatment of patients," said Canarelli's lawyer, Sylvain Pontier.
The court said Canarelli should have requested Gaillard be placed in a specialized medical unit or referred him to another medical team, as one of her colleagues suggested. Her stubborn refusal had equated to a form of "blindness", the court president Fabrice Castoldi said.
Gaillard had already been forcibly committed to a secure hospital on several occasions for a series of increasingly dangerous incidents.
The victim's son, Michel Trabuc, said he hoped the case would set a legal precedent.
"There's no such thing as zero risk, but I hope this will move psychiatry forward and, above all, that it will never happen again," he said.
Gaillard was not held responsible for his actions and was freed under medical supervision.