Perfect Insanity

Many people display behaviors that they or other people describe as crazy.  “Insane” is used interchangeably with words like “awesome” and “sweet”.  Being lacking in sanity is viewed positively in our culture to a certain extent.  On the other hand, having a real mental illness such as paranoid schizophrenia is looked down upon and joked about, and people who are genuinely depressed are told to stop being so emo.  As a society, we are pathological in how we deal with pathology, trivializing it and degrading it in an effort to distance ourselves from ever having to admit our own very real and damaging craziness.  Or we delve into it, embracing the darkness within and letting it overpower our psyches.

But I’m not interested in being insane in either the positive or negative senses in which our culture frames the concept.  I am aware of my own psychological quirks and I accept them as part of being human, but when they become hurtful I eliminate them.  I don’t need to distance myself from the insanity, nor do I feel drawn to envelop myself in it.  I have a perfect insanity.

Maybe I can’t escape human nature.  Maybe I can’t change it.  But I can purify it.

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2 Responses to Perfect Insanity

  1. Man have a complex mind, we deal at different stress levels yet how we deal is different from one another. Like beauty, it is in the eye of the beholder, what one percieve to be a logical response could be crazy and uncalled for to a more conservative person.The important thing is no matter how we deal, we get through things without hurting anyone even ourselves. 

  2. leaflesstree says:

    insanity (or any form of mental illness) is viewed as “cool” as long as it is interesting to others. we find someone who says funky things at parties quite interesting. we find someone who does crazy things interesting. but when people have to deal with the “dark” reality of mental illness, it’s not as fun. sure, it’s fun to have someone do something crazy like jump into a pool with his clothes on in the winter, but it’s not “cool” when they wake up in the middle of the night having a panic attack, or they hear voices telling them to kill themselves, or they want to die for no particular reason. then mental illness is unacceptable, and an inconvenience. just my two cents. in any case, i am always reminded of one of my favorite quotes: “there’s a fine line between genius and insanity.” which side of the line am i walking on? i’m never quite certain. to think of my self in either capacity seems rather…egotistical of me.

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