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Tuesday, 3 May 2011

The definition of insanity...




I heard somewhere that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result each time... but that never really made sense to me... because if that was a case the entire world would be insane!... because we do things over and over and we expect a different result... a random example:  STD's and HIV...
and it was Albert Einstein who said  "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."  so we are encouraged to "persist"... to not give up...hence  "persistence is key"

so I googled it... :D
and this is what came up...

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein


insanity is a legal term pertaining to a defendant's ability to determine right from wrong when a crime is committed.


Insanity. n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.


Synonyms: insanity, lunacy, madness, mania, dementia


Insanity is a grave, often prolonged condition 

a deranged state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder (as schizophrenia)

such unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding as prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or as removes one from criminal or civil responsibility

extreme folly or unreasonableness

something utterly foolish or unreasonable

and Wiki says - Insanity, craziness or madness is a spectrum of behaviors characterized by certain abnormal mental or behavioral patterns

This brings me to the conclusion, that no one really knows what insanity is... just like they really cannot define what normal is... I know I Googled it too... this is my favourite one..

conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural.

here, it doesn't tell me what the regular is, what the usual is... it says that it's conforming... and yet conforming to a certain thing is different EVERYWHERE... so, out of those ones, how do you determine which one is normal?... my favourite thing in this definition is "not abnormal"... really?...really really???... thanks Google, we never knew that!!!....

and so, we have a world trying to figure out what normal is... and what insanity is...so my big question is... WHY?... why is the world so obsessed with these two concepts?...
they find they want to fit into both these categories and yet they fear being placed into either of these categories...
 "I must be going insane"..."have I lost my mind"... we use these expressions so loosely, we know we haven't actually lost our minds and we are not actually insane... (we think)...  but still we make reference to these terms so often, makes you think... do we wish it just a little?... do we wish insanity upon ourselves?.... do we wish to be unique, would we feel that we are not like everyone else if we were insane?... would it be because we'd be thinking in a way that no one else does and this would give us the illusion that we're different that we are not just another ID number...  we'll feel more protected because no one would be able to see through us... they wouldn't just figure us out... and yet we know the severity of insanity, and we fear it... we push those away who aren't normal... who do not "conform" to the "non-conformists" the things that's truly different we despise, we fear, we push away...  we want to be like everyone... we want to be like the everyone elses that are so unique that they all unique together... I'd say that's insanity...  I'd say we are all insane, and by that... none of us are...
we are all searching fishes... in an ocean of answers, we're so busy asking the other fishes who don't know the answers that we don't see that we're living in the answers... the we breath, see, feel, live... the answers...

we are all insane... and by that, none of us are... none of us are normal... and by that we all are... we're so busy trying to be both, we haven't realized we already are...

so this is Button girl popping in...and falling off this coat...peace 

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