Genius Or Mad?

“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:

  1. Bad madness – Which causes harm to other people.
  2. Mad (angry) madness – Which causes harm to themselves and others.
  3. Sad madness – Which involves self-blame.
  4. 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.

Thank you.

Namaste. 🙏🙏🙏

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.

Published by philosophy through photography

My philosophy is: Life is hard, but God is good. Try not to confuse the two. Anne F. Beiler

43 thoughts on “Genius Or Mad?

  1. 🤔 If I was giving a trophy to the most controversial guest post from a guest blogger, you would receive it.

    I am curious to find out what the viewing audience thinks about them being unable to escape the madness.

    And, I am probably mad for allowing this guest post to be published on “Renard’s World.”

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    1. Thank you Renard for your kind words.

      I am not sure about the controversy, but Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s quote made me think differently and I started wondering as to what is the definition of madness and who decides who is mad.
      Madness not necessarily in physical form and probably the author’s quote talks about our mental feelings and mental interaction with outside world.

      You brought smile on my mad face when you said you are probably mad for allowing the guest post to be published!

      Have a wonderful fun filled mad day 😊😊😊😜😜

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      1. 😆 You are welcome, Dr. Sridhar.

        It is nice to know that you understood my sense of humour.

        I will admit that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has an interesting point of view of madness; which really causes someone to think deeply about the subject of madness.

        And, I have intentions of experiencing a wonderful fun-filled and mad day (It should help to alleviate the stress caused by COVID-19).

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    1. Thank you my friend in joining the discussion.

      Of course I am not a scholar / professional writer…. but my guess is scholars enjoy what they do and just ignore the comments and observations of others since they know their job well.They may be considered mad in others opinion.

      I think scholars continue their work against all odds and not bothered even if their lives are threatened by the opposing groups. Scholars enjoy every bit of their God given extraordinary talents.

      Two names I remember is Socrates and Thomas More (1478-1535).They stood for what they thought was right.

      I may be wrong please correct me.

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  2. Interesting topic and a fascinating approach to it, dear Philo. First of all, true genius is a form of schizophrenia, on the brain functioning level. Secondly, extremely gifted and/or talented (those are two different things) children are categorized as students with special needs, they are in the same category as Mentally, Emotionally, or Learning Disabled. In fact, It is accepted now that most Emotionally Disabled and Learning Disabled students are gifted and/or talented and have a higher than average IQ.
    Are they mad? Are we all mad? If madness is a deviation of the norm, what is the norm? Or is it, like a 60’s movie, “Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”?

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    1. Thank you Dolly for perfect clarification regarding a true genius and extremely gifted / talented people.

      Agree what you said about High IQ vs Madness

      Two quotes I found equally interesting

      “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.”

      “Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”
      Dale Wasserman

      The movie you mentioned took me to nostalgia.It was a 1963 movie and I could see it only during 1970.The movie was full of fun with plenty of hilarious situations! Worth seeing even today.

      I don’t know how the present generation thinks about this movie

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      1. I don’t know whether the present generation is even interested in movies like that!
        I am familiar with Aristotle’s quote, and I love the second one; so tongue-in-cheek true.
        I thank you for an interesting discussion, dear Philo.

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          1. You are so right, dear Philo. Quite a few situations in that movie would be considered politically incorrect nowadays, but in general, I don’t think present generation, brought up on video games and computerized special effects, would appreciate the style of old movies.

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    1. Thank you Pat.


      Bipolars have highest intelligence.
      These intelligent people are sadly often misdiagnosed as people with depression.

      Many get confused between bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia.

      Congratulations.You proved your teacher was wrong.

      God bless you my friend.


  3. I think we could be madly in love with one thing or the other. It is where we put our attention that matters not what others think of us
    Some people are FAD MAD, or AD MAD others are GOD MAD . Unless you are a member of one of these groups it is difficult for you to comprehend their motive or passion. Some may even have a noble mission but are considered mad. I am sure when Prince Guatama (the Buddha) left his kingdom to search for spiritual truths behind human suffering so many thought him mad. Yes we are all mad about something. We have to decide what we wish to be mad about and less concerned about what others think of us. Being mad with others is a waste of energy and time that is wasted madness or negative madness which could be gainfully employed. Madness that brings profit to all is positive madness. We have that choice to make in this life. Decide now that is the capital we have.

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    1. You have made my lengthy post with your highly simplified explanation Kenneth Daniels.
      Thank you for making my life easier.

      What you said is so true. Our madness is nothing but the attention we put on something or other.

      And now I understand that either we are less mad or more mad .Things are that simply mad!

      But the sad part is when I think I am doing things in a saner way, other might call me doing insane things.

      There is no need for anybody to change for betterment, since there exists no such thing!

      Ultimately all of us should allow all of us to enjoy our own madness!

      Even if one is joyful….that is also called madness!

      “Joy is such a human madness” Zadie Smith

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  4. “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.”― Aristotle

    Stellar post, dear Philo! Personally, I believe a little madness is needed to get through life as it helps to define the grey areas in our minds.

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  5. Excellent post…..
    All I will say is that most of this year I’ve been ‘sad’ mad…..
    Between my failing health; loss of mobility; Covid; money issues; loneliness; behaviour issues with BellaDharma…..
    You get the picture….
    I HOPE 2021 is better.

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      1. Merry Christmas to you Renard & your family.
        I believe you that at some point we will return to some sort of ‘normal’.
        I have to NOT be so hard on myself. That is part of the problem of my sad mad…I need to just breathe & “BE”!! 😉
        Sherri-Ellen & **purrss** BellaDharma (who REALLY knows how to just “BE”!)

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        1. Thank you again sherri-Ellen.
          Covi too shall pass and we all return to normal.

          We have to get used to our body’ s ways of treating us, because that is what our body does as one ages in years.

          As you rightly said let us not be hard in oneself.

          You are a perfect example for younger generation as to how to be enthusiastic against all odds.

          Thank you my friend.
          It’s a nice feeling to chat with you.


  6. I greatly enjoyed this post and the discussion that followed in the comments section.
    I have always thought that nearly all sane people are slightly mad while those people who consider themselves entirely sane are truly mad (in the clinicalsense).

    What do you think of this convoluted theory of mine?

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    1. Thanks a ton Dr.Tanya for your thoughts.
      Yes .I completely agree with you.
      Yours is a convincing theory.
      We all agree that all the genius people have some percentage of madness and if the rest feel that they can never be mad, it proves that, only they are deceiving themselves.
      As Kenneth Daniels in his response for this post beautifully demonstrated that where we put our attention…..there goes our madness.

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