Reporter: What do you think the meaning of life is?
Man: To live. To live in the mystery and find purpose and to live in the now
Reporter: What is your most adventurous memory?
Man: This! I remember this! This is an adventure.
Reporter: What advice do you have for younger generation?
Man: Live in the moment. Don’t get old. Don’t judge people; because you can’t be free if you judge people Love NOW; CREATE INSPIRE.
Reporter: how do you define free?
Man: By doing what you love. This, the moment, loves now. It repeats!
Reporter: What other advice do you have for us?
Man: You can't get away from your heart, because life is a paradox, it’s a mirror of confusion, so love now.
Reporter: Who do you love?
Man: I LOVE ALL OF YOU!
One is rendered speechless by his answers. Often what makes most sense come out of the mouths of the ones who we give no credit for having any sense.
What comes out of the mouth of this seemingly ‘deranged’ man is nothing but what we have forgotten in our ‘madness’.
So how is it that this man, disheveled, disturbed, apparently out of his mind is saying things that we at some deep level inside us know to be the absolute truth?
May be he is the one who has a sense of things we do not have.
Theodore Kaczynski says, “Our society tends to regard as a sickness any mode of thought or behavior that is inconvenient for the system and this is plausible because when an individual doesn't fit into the system it causes pain to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a cure for a sickness and therefore as good.”
He makes sense doesn’t he?
He opposed industrialism and modern technology and between 1978 and 1995 he engaged in a nationwide bombing campaign against people involved with modern technology. He planted and mailed numerous home-made bombs, ultimately killing a total of three people and injuring 23 others.
By all definitions of the world he was an insane person. No one in his right mind can be this volatile and aggressive. But what he said makes sense.
“To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown,” says Jeanette Winterson; and lest one starts thinking maybe she was insane as well, she was not. However the British writer, broadcaster and activist was anything but ordinary.
So maybe its one of two things; or perhaps both:
- To live a socially acceptable life we are conditioned to think within limitations or boxes. Those whom we call deranged have broken free of these barriers and are allowing themselves to think beyond what we give ourselves the leeway to do.
- Maybe the ones we see as insane are just saying things we do not consider socially acceptable as it is beyond our limited understanding.
Does that make sense?
It made sense to Erich Fromm, a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher and author of The Sane Society.
“That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane,” he said.
So does it make people who have ideas that go against the norm necessarily insane?
What do you think?