Who are the insane?

By day’s end, how much happened that you expected from the start? Perceiving individual capabilities bent on desire for more, many take it upon themselves to plan for great achievements. Those who are satisfied with the present and apprehensive of the workload required to ensure satisfaction in the future usually do well in their day to day routine. Many sane people do not remain satisfied for long and creep steadily toward insanity as they seek something new and exciting. Then there are those who stay insane as nothing works out the way they would like it to, yet they continue to try and try for something out of their reach. There is no balance as life continues to ebb and flow. It hurts to lose a fight. Many run from the notion of failure and defeat. It is a basic evolutionary survival trait.

We also have this inkling that we must rise above complacency. I’ve heard time and time again of the promise of a better future, about how things get easier. I hope that this is not merely motivation to help people get through the tough times. Because eventually you will grow tired of hearing the same old keep on keeping on sayings. It must be more than that. It must fester deep in your soul as a daily reminder of what it takes to grow as a human being.

When I was told that the best way to help a grizzly bear cross the road was to talk to it as if it were a shy child, I thought that insane. Who wouldn’t? First off, who would volunteer to help grizzly bears cross the road whilst encroaching “wildlife” photographers create the most ridiculous traffic jams imaginable as they hunkered down in the middle of the road to get a better shot? The truth of the matter is that without some insane person talking to the grizzly bear amid the chaos of the herd of “sane” tourists, all would descend into gory madness.

If you look back at all the great feats in humanity, you will find endless examples of the crazy coots who pushed the limits of society and drove the play on to new heights of imagination that inspired the masses toward the actions required to truly change for the better. There is a momentum to all this that can only be built up by the sparks of individuals passed on to more and more people who possess the ability to work together and get done what needs to get done. We are not built to do any of this alone. Self-reliance can only take you so far before you need to get a second opinion. Those who refuse to adapt are not helping. Nothing is constant in this world. A simple belief in that concept mixed with rationality equals a person who is ready to take on the fights that need fighting. If we only fought the fights that we knew we were going to win, then life would be a predicable bore and we would eventually become extinct. It is what makes us so different and special, that quality, that fight, to go after what we want. History shows that popular opinion is always wrong, so why do we perpetuate this thought that if only small groups of people say they are disenfranchised, then they must be confused? Grow up!

“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve got to want it bad, because it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil who is standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the ‘land of the free’? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the ‘land of the free.” – Aaron Sorkin

These are some interesting times. I just hope we don’t blow it and fall prey to the disintegration of past societies. There are infinite plans all over the place on how to fix the finite problems of this world. Why are we failing? If you are lost on a voyage, you do not fix that problem by veering a little bit to the left and nailing down the wheel. You are not at fault for getting lost, for everyone is lost from time to time on a journey. The truth is that the journey never ends and being lost is the only time you really come up with new ideas. The perpetually sane people wait for someone else to show them the way. Unless there is someone in the crowd who knows the way, and those people usually stay quiet for fear of being wrong, it takes an insane person to gamble with a new idea and show everyone that there is a way out. Semantics aside, because insanity is generally a negative connotation, it takes someone willing to split with the norm and blaze a trail further on through the consciousness of time. Take advantage of the opportunities created by these individuals and groups. It is them who have given us all that is worth enjoying in our modern civilization from Socrates to Jobs. Every single person has this capacity and “it’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

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