The American Psychological Association, Quentin Tarantino and the CIA

The American Psychological Association (APA) was founded in 1892 by 30 American doctors in an effort to consolidate and strengthen the growing psychologist’s community within the country. It was founded upon good intentions in order to help those in need of science not yet understood and to further the study and knowledge of the human mind. In the course of its existence, the APA condoned torture, assisted in mind control experiments and were proponents of gay conversion therapy. Needless to say, they have a more politized then humanitarian track record. Their recent decision to mark masculinity as an illness only further demonstrated this assertion.

Quentin Tarantino has long been a blockbuster director and movie maker. His films are widely known for their gritty violence, use of rich cinematography, abundant cussing and of course log monologues from the main characters. Usually those speeches given by Jules in Pulp Fiction or by Aldo the Apache in Inglorious Bastards are meant to tease and intimidate their enemies. However, their is also a psychological approach to them as well as a philosophical one. Take the long and fiery speech Samuel L. Jackson gives as Jules in Pulp Fiction. It was based on a bible verse Tarantino made up just for the movie to make the speech more intimidating. In the end Jules admits that he thought it was just something bad ass to say before he killed someone. He wasn’t really vested in its meaning poetically or philosophically. It was just useful to scare someone and to make himself feel intimidating.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been compared to many nefarious and brutal state spy and repressive organizations. Generally when people think about it the idea of a coup or torture comes to mind. However, The APA has assisted the CIA in many of these endeavors. In the 1950s and the 1960s they the CIA in their endeavor to perfect their MKULTRA techniques. That is techniques to control peoples minds. The APA also enabled the CIA to further their torture and interrogation techniques. The two agencies have been intertwined since their early beginnings and have helped keep each other relevant. A symbiosis of parasites or devils making deals at a crossroads.

Good and bad are bedtime stories we tell our children to make them behave how we want them to. Adults change both frequently to make ourselves feel better or to further an agenda we believe in for the moment. The narrative is changed, the names are changed but it all stays the same. The APA had homosexuality labeled as a mental illness for decades. Innocent people were stigmatized, brutalized and humiliated with recourse because of some 3 letter agency and that hasn’t changed. If men or women weren’t wrong for loving who they loved are men wrong for being themselves? How can a group of people who helped topple democratic governments, brainwash and torture be trusted to tell us what is mentally healthy. I only want to live my life without being told I should feel bad to be myself. So can we trust those who tell me and many others they are wrong simply because they changed their minds? I won’t wait for an answer. My life is mine to live and so is yours for you. No one has the right to tell us different.

I’m a historian in my own mind.

– Quentin Tarantino

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