Mental stability is part of your spiritual nature

AN EASILY MISSED bit of dialogue in the 1998 movie Down in the Delta makes an important point about attitudes toward mental health.

Almost lost to drugs and alcohol, Loretta is sent to the ancestral home in Mississippi to live for the summer with her uncle Earl. There Loretta meets her Aunt Annie, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Earl and Annie's son, Will, a successful lawyer in Atlanta, is disturbed because Earl's mother doesn't recognize him.

In a brief exchange, Will's wife tells Earl that she thinks Will sees himself in his mother. She says that each time he forgets something, he gets a look that shows his fear that someday he might be like his mother.

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