“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I smiled a lot when I read that quote.
Are we really worth being put in a mental institute?
Is there any truth in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s quote?
Are we all mad in general?
Is there any proof that you are not mad?
Is it not true that we are mad in our own world?
Does COVID-19 have anything to do with some people going insane?
Do you follow orderly rules?
Or do you follow rules that are disorderly?
Searching Deeper For Answers
Is there any difference between someone who is a genius and someone who is insane?
My guess is that we all go mad at one time or the other; we presume that it is okay (Which is probably something that has to do with our societal norms).
However, there is no such thing as going mad temporarily.
Maybe, we are complicated creatures (And that is the reason why Johann Wolfgang von Goethe did not hesitate to call all of us mad).
Are we indulging ourselves in fake normalcy?
Is It Normal To Be Mad?
First of all, one must find a normal person in order to get the answer.
“When the world goes mad, one must accept madness as sanity; Since sanity is, in the last analysis, nothing but the madness on which the whole world happens to agree.” — George Bernard Shaw
According to Larry Culliford, the author of The Psychology of Spirituality, there are four types of madness and no one is exempt; they are:
- Bad madness – Which causes harm to other people.
- Mad (angry) madness – Which causes harm to themselves and others.
- Sad madness – Which involves self-blame.
- Glad madness – Which involves people who live in the moment — that type of people who don’t regret their past or their future. They also don’t mind dying gladly (My guess is that those people are probably the Learned Scholars).
You are more than welcome to check which category of madness that you fall under.
What Should You Do If All Of Us Go Mad And There Is No One To Turn To?
Be smart by pleading helplessness!
“Don’t be angry with the world. It will never hear you sympathize with you. Or care about you. Life is a privilege, not a right. You make your own luck. You get what you put in.” — Unknown
Can We Change For The Better?
No chance I guess!
“Better mad with rest of the world than wise alone.” — Baltasar Gracian
The End Is Near
“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter.
“With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.” — Barack Obama
The Take-Home Message
We love apathy because we love to live in our own little world; in our own so-called safe bubbles.
Even if you want to do something great, you are either engulfed by hatred, poverty, an abundance of money, deceitfulness, etcetera.
All of us have claimed to be helpless individuals and have found ways to ignore it.
Madness is masquerading as sanity!
If you are mad, it is because you are mad (Which probably has something to do with the type of madness that you are afflicted with).
You cannot escape the madness because you are a part of it.
About the guest author:
Dr. Sridhar is the man behind Philosophy Through Photography.
This deep thinker from India wears many hats; he is a physician, a blogger, a philosopher and an amateur photographer.