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A very touching speech by Patrick Stewart

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A Brave Fan Asks Patrick Stewart A Question He Doesn't Usually Get And Is Given A Beautiful Answer
Patrick Stewart often talks about his childhood and the torment his father put him and his mother through. However, how he answered this vulnerable and brave fan's question is one of the most eloquent, passionate responses about domestic violence I've ever seen. WARNING: At 2:40, he's going to break your heart a little.

http://www.upworthy.com/a-brave-fan-asks-patrick-stewart-a-question-he-doesnt-usually-get-and-is-given-a-beautiful-answer

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TqFaiVNuy1k
 
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Wow I had no idea he had gone through. Very inspirational
 
On the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? Patrick Stewart did a episode about his father (you can probably watch it on Youtube).

Stewart does alot of charity work for domestic violence and violence against women.
 
can anyone summarize what he said? cant watch at work
 
can anyone summarize what he said? cant watch at work

He works for helping women and families of domestic violence (because he and his family suffered from it)...and since he recently found out that his father suffered from PTS from WWII and was never treated for it, he now also works on getting returning veterans proper treatment.
 
I think the work Sir Patrick does is quite important.

I fully respect and applaud the work that women's groups and feminists have done to get domestic violence recognized, prosecuted and treated, but the political ideology underlying their advocacy that has for a long time been the industry standard (violence is a product of the infrastructure of male power and that all men are capable of it) has in the past precluded the recognition and treatment of driving forces like PTS and mental illness.

It is good to see how far we've come on this issue since the 1970s, and that our understanding of this massive societal wrong evolves and develops to this day.
 
That's probably one of the greatest moments in Q&A history. I'm glad he's doing something about these issues. PTSD is often overlooked because it's hard to prove and some don't even want to admit they have problems.
 
That's probably one of the greatest moments in Q&A history. I'm glad he's doing something about these issues. PTSD is often overlooked because it's hard to prove and some don't even want to admit they have problems.

In some ways, PTS becomes a victim of both sides of the political equation: the right is reluctant to recognize it shows the dark side to military service, and the left is reluctant to recognize it because some see it as trying to "excuse" domestic violence by linking it to mental illness.
 
I saw an interview with him before where he said "I spent much of my childhood being afraid".
 
geeze...I haven't been moved to tears by a speech like that in...i don't know if ever. The hug at the end is what does it, so If you don't want your face to leak a bit, don't watch all the way to the end.

Very powerful stuff, and thanks very much for sharing, Alex_Spider.
 
In some ways, PTS becomes a victim of both sides of the political equation: the right is reluctant to recognize it shows the dark side to military service, and the left is reluctant to recognize it because some see it as trying to "excuse" domestic violence by linking it to mental illness.

Which is shameful because you can't expect people not to experience long term effects from being in the battlefield. It just varies on how people deal with it. Domestic violence is inexcusable , but the abuser needs some type of counseling to work out a way to deal with his or her problems.
 
There's a cause and effect to all things and when we come to understand the causes instead of just taking black and white stances on the effects we are able to be more proactive with issues so they don't end up becoming tragedies.

It's called putting away knee-jerk reactions and striving to be more understanding. I find much drama in life is caused by these unnecessary knee-jerk reactions that, while perhaps fix the issue at hand to some degree, only end up exacerbate an issue in the long run when the overall issue could be resolved much better if people had been understanding and talked through things...not talking at each other without listening.
 
He works for helping women and families of domestic violence (because he and his family suffered from it)...and since he recently found out that his father suffered from PTS from WWII and was never treated for it, he now also works on getting returning veterans proper treatment.

thanks, the answer is great by Patrick
 
And closely related to this I just posted about a discovery to potentially prevent or treat PTSD in the future. That would be one less thing to cause these kinds of acts of violence if they can make it work. I've seen the kinds of things PTSD can do to wreck a person and their family.

Also, Patrick Stewart really only seems to get better with interviews about him.
 
geeze...I haven't been moved to tears by a speech like that in...i don't know if ever. The hug at the end is what does it, so If you don't want your face to leak a bit, don't watch all the way to the end.

Very powerful stuff, and thanks very much for sharing, Alex_Spider.

:up: Glad you liked it. I was also moved emotionally by him. He seems such a caring person more people should be inspired by him. The world would be a better place if only society and the media promoted this stuff instead of garbage idols like Lady Gaga and the Kardashians :doh:.
 
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Whoa, very moving moving emotional and inspirational. I have always liked this man.
 
Saw this the other day and thought it was very touching :up:

Not that I ever saw him in any kind of negative light but he's in a much more positive light now to me.
 

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