A 42-year old Swedish man named Roger Tullgren has successfully lobbied his government to get his obsession with heavy metal music classified as a disability. You’re going to have to read this to believe it:
Because heavy metal dominates so many aspects of his life, the Employment Service has agreed to pay part of Tullgren’s salary. His new boss meanwhile has given him a special dispensation to play loud music at work.
“I have been trying for ten years to get this classified as a handicap,” Tullgren told The Local.
“I spoke to three psychologists and they finally agreed that I needed this to avoid being discriminated against.”
Roger Tullgren first developed an interest in heavy metal when his older brother came home with a Black Sabbath album in 1971.
Since then little else has mattered for the 42-year-old, who has long black hair, a collection of tattoos and wears skull and crossbones jewelry.
The ageing rocker claims to have attended almost three hundred shows last year, often skipping work in the process.
Eventually his last employer tired of his absences and Tullgren was left jobless and reliant on welfare handouts.
But his sessions with the occupational psychologists led to a solution of sorts: Tullgren signed a piece of paper on which his heavy metal lifestyle was classified as a disability, an assessment that entitles him to a wage supplement from the job centre.
Well, this is the therapeutic culture run amok. If you think this is far-fetched and could never happen in the good old USA, think again. This is what happens when character flaws are treated as illnesses to be cured and not as immorality to be repented of.
There is a grown man in California named Stanley Thornton who received social security benefits for a “disability” called “adult baby syndrome.” Meaning, he likes to drink from a bottle, wear giant onesies, and sit in an adult-sized high chair.
I’m not saying that there aren’t legitimate mental health issues that might warrant some help from the government. But when every vice becomes a “syndrome,” moral accountability flies out of the window. This is a trend in the post-Christian West, and it is the kind of foolishness that over time undermines a civilization.