A very close friend and trusted spiritual advisor, who is probably Sun Tzu himself reborn, would protest my disappointment and insist upon the higher wisdom of winning without a pitched battle.
Even Uncle Billy Sherman allowed a whole Confederate army to escape unscathed when Savanah surrendered without a fight and became the Christmas gift to Lincoln.
So maybe I should shut the hell up and just be glad that James Baker/King of Egypt no longer has to be chained and shackled, half blind and barely able to walk at age 73, to go to the ophthalmologist or to get an MRI for his groin injury.
But I so wanted to ask Richard Malis, under oath:
Doctor, does Mr. Baker agree with your so-called diagnosis of his mental condition? Does he follow your recommendations for treatment?
Isn’t it true that you believe Mr. Baker’s so-called diagnosis (schizophrenia) requires psychiatric drugging for life? In fact, you believe that very strongly, don’t you? You never personally treat anyone with psychotherapy, only with drugs and shock, isn’t that right?
Doctor, why doesn’t Mr. Baker follow your treatment recommendations? Why can’t you convince him to follow them? Isn’t that your job, which you have been unable to do? Have any of your superiors ever asked you why you’re so unsuccessful with this patient? Do any of them care?
Have you ever worked in a private medical practice or a private clinic, where practitioners don’t have the marketing luxury of patients being delivered to them by the police? When patients are brought in to the waiting rooms of private clinics in chains, don’t you think that creates a rather negative setting for objective diagnostics and medical care? That’s obvious, common sense, isn’t it?
Isn’t it true Doctor, that you have been forcing Mr. Baker to be chained for needed medical appointments, thereby denying him proper care despite the fact that he is non-violent, non-psychotic, polite and well behaved? Aren’t you forcing him to be chained merely because he will not kow-tow to your own (imagined) wonderfully beneficent and all-knowing authority over him? Aren’t you really punishing him for refusing your drugs?
Doctor! Aren’t you coercing James Baker and enslaving him out of your own delusion of omnipotence, believing despite all evidence that you can “treat” him whether he likes it or not?
I never got to ask these questions in court, because Malis-with-malice chickened out and didn’t take the stand. He had promised me he’d testify under oath that he believed with a reasonable degree of medical and psychiatric certainty that James Baker had to be chained wherever he went because he was a danger to himself or others and an elopement risk. Malis-with-malice broke his promise and denied me the pleasure of the massacre I had spent a good deal of time and effort preparing for and relishing.
But I am a forgiving person like Tecumseh Sherman! In that spirit, I’ll recommend a book for Dr. Malis-with-malice that I just bought myself: The Heartland - Finding and Losing Schizophrenia, by Nathan Filer (London: Fabre & Fabre, 2019). It is said to be a very powerful book on mental health. This idea actually occurred to me as I left the courtroom yesterday, but the bad guys of the case ran away so fast I couldn’t even catch up to suggest rapproachement. Maybe if Malice and I read this book together, we can find something to talk about, or even some common understanding of relevant issues.
Miracles happen, right?