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What is "insanity"?

 
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What is "insanity"?
Have you ever read or heard of the book, "The Giver", by Lois Lowry? A short description:

"The Giver is a 1993 American young adult dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. The novel follows a 12-year-old boy named Jonas. The society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to "Sameness", a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of Receiver of Memory, the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, as there may be times where one must draw upon the wisdom gained from history to aid the community's decision making. Jonas struggles with concepts of all the new emotions and things introduced to him: whether they are inherently good, evil, or in between, and whether it is even possible to have one without the other. The Community lacks any color, memory, climate, or terrain, all in an effort to preserve structure, order, and a true sense of equality beyond personal individuality." [link to en.wikipedia.org (secure)]

In my opinion, "insane" people serve somewhat similar roles, in a way, as a Receiver of Memory in "The Giver". They seem to be extremely sensitive, more so than most, to the positive and negative extremities of human thought. I believe that, in a certain sense, our thoughts really aren't entirely our own, but are what has been transferred to us, expanded upon, and used in ways which we take personal responsibility for. Though, in some cases, some people may act upon thoughts or expand upon them in ways unexplainable to most other people. I believe that is how society's disposition is similar to that of the society in "The Giver". Our society is always making a constant effort to achieve a place of stability, uniformity, and "Sameness", but whether we understand it or not, we still have a "dark side" which will show itself in certain ways; and in certain people. IMO, this "dark side" doesn't necessarily retain bad attributes of society (it can), but rather suppressed, unwanted, or unknown attributes of society in general. Like said previously, perhaps "insane" people are the "retainers" of society's positive and negative extremities of human thought and consciousness. While I think this can be attributed to "insane" people, I also think this can be attributed to geniuses, murderers, "saints", and other types of people of extremes on both sides of the pos./neg. spectrum. Certain people are chosen by the collective unconscious to fill roles or positions of non-"Sameness" to perhaps enlighten, change, or provide wisdom or reflection for a community. As we've collectively moved towards a more stable, uniform, ordered structure of society, we have suppressed much of our nature in doing so, and perhaps these types of people are the "dark side", so to speak. Or maybe the "light side"?

To finalize, a more personal example could be a family which has multiple children. I've noticed that in many cases a family would have a "successful" sibling and a "loser" sibling - as if they are at opposite sides of society's spectrum for success. I've personally seen this, and I think that perhaps they both represent a "dark side" and "light side" (or reversed) of the family's genealogy, etc, and they serve to either balance or provide another function to the families well-being.

That said, many have correlated "insanity" with shamanism, or shamans. Wikipedia definition: "Shamanism ... is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world."

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Re: What is "insanity"?
B/c crossing red lines unable to handle the consequences.
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Re: What is "insanity"?
Falling significantly outside societal norms of logic and thought process.

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crazy

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Re: What is "insanity"?
It's one of two things:

A) A mind warped by lack of nutrition/improper development, damage, etc.

B) A mind that can reach farther than what others deem to be safe waters to tread into.
I don't know what lies they told you, but I can promise they were lies.

There's a fine line between training, trauma, and torture.
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That would fall under category A.
I don't know what lies they told you, but I can promise they were lies.

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That would fall under category A.
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Re: What is "insanity"?
Good post. Becoming comfortable with my insanity was the only way I can function in the world.
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