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Sunday Magazine : Andreas Lubitz's depression doesn't absolve him of responsibility for 149 deaths

Andreas Lubitz's depression doesn't absolve him of responsibility for 149 deaths.





Neurologist Robert Sapolsky's interpretation of mental illness as purely biological leads him to exculpate Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz for killing 149 innocent victims. We can understand that Lubitz's depression may have caused so much psychic pain that his decision to end his life seemed to him the only escape from his torment.

Yet he must be held morally accountable for his decision to murder so many strangers. This action is not merely the result of "biology gone wrong."

Sapolsky states that it is immensely rare for depression to result in violence against others. As a psychiatrist with 45 years of experience, I dispute this point. Rage against the perceived unfairness of life is a common component of severe depression. This results in many tragic incidents in which a suicidal person acts on this rage by killing family members or random strangers.

In short, we should offer sympathy for people in so much pain that they kill themselves. But the decision to murder others can justly be characterized as evil and deserves society's maximum stigmatization.
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