Accepting Insanity


Insanity can only be accepted as reality by a willingness to tolerate it as sane. Without endorsement, there is no way for the illusion to persist. Those who attempt to promote the insane rely directly on other members of society to validate the insanity as sane, rational behavior. Why do we support it? Why do we authenticate that which is insane? Do we want to go with the flow? Do we want to avoid the uncomfortable and challenging alternative of condemning insanity? There must be some formidable factor that prevents us, collectively, from renouncing that which has become unhinged in our society. It is by our hands that insanity can exist. It is by our inability to identify madness and name it as madness that it can continue to persist. It is time that we name and specify the deranged so that the illusion its proponents rely on will be dismantled.

In theory, naming insanity is a simple task, but there are a number of challenges associated with it that require a great deal of courage to combat. Psychological experiments into the human desire to conform, like Solomon Asch’s, have revealed that humans are highly motivated to align with those around them. Even if we are aware that events and behaviors in our environment are wrong, we are reluctant to speak up because of our desire not to incite the criticism of being an inflammatory outsider. But in an effort to fit in, we are subjecting ourselves to the madness we can recognize, fundamentally. Yes, there could be contempt initially, but the bravery to stand against demented normalcy will eventually be rewarded. The insane can only remain normal as long as it is not declared insane. It is through the boldness, of those who choose to stand against the widely accepted imbalances, that society can regain some semblance of reason.

Despite the necessity of action, there are inherent dangers with this strategy. Who decides what is insane? How can we distinguish reason from instability? Both fortunately and unfortunately, intuition is the primary tool we have to oppose society’s well established collective blindness. No matter how inclined we are to accept the insane as the sane, there remains a hint of instinctual rationality within us that we can employ. Concealed by desires, fears, cultural conditioning, history, and behavioral patterns we have a cogent idea of what is needed for self-preservation. Illuminating and recruiting this innate knowledge of reason and sanity will allow us to name the insane elements in the world. This will shatter the illusion that allows the insane to exist, disguised as a concrete, familiar piece of human existence.

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