What does crazy mean anyways? In a blog entitled – PhraseMIX – one of the definitions of crazy is as follows: “Crazy” means “insane”. Someone who doesn’t see reality the same way as the rest of us is “crazy.” The rest of us? Who is us? Perhaps in trying to discover the truth about being mad, one must first know what is sane. So, what is true sanity anyways? The definition of sane from vocabulary.com is: A sane person is of sound mind and is mentally healthy. Sane people have good judgment, are reasonable, and can tell the difference between what’s real and imagined. Well, there you have it. If you cannot tell the difference between something real and something made-up – you are a nut!
By this definition, what percentage of people are insane? According to an article on slate.com, “Almost 50 percent of Americans (46.4 percent to be exact) will have a diagnosable mental illness in their lifetimes, based on the previous edition, the DSM-IV. And the new manual will likely make it even “easier” to get a diagnosis.” Can you believe that? 50 percent of our adult population is, according to the previous definition, kooky! So, then, if you have ANYTHING in your mind that taints your picture of the world in ANY way – taking it from whatever is the absolute truth to what your own perception is… does this mean you also have a screw loose?
Can you think of ONE person who has not had their own personal experience change their entire Idea of the world around them? Just one? Is anyone free of hardship, loss, heartache, rejection, loneliness, desperation, or despair – at least once in their lifetime? Do not these difficult experiences reshape the way we all see the world? Then, if this is true, are we not all mad here?
Recently I was told that I was crazy. I was told that I could not be certain of some things, however, I was certainly certifiable. “You’re a nut.” She told me candidly, “everyone knows you’re nutty.” I was overwhelmed with a greatly wounded pride, and sadly, my biggest fear born into reality through the forthright words from my honest friend. Am I insane? Do all know that I am insane? Sort of feeling like a freak, and reliving voices from the past that hammer my self-esteem into the ground, I know the difference, but I admit both are a part of my current reality. Is that what makes me batty?
I admit freely that I see the world from a vastly damaged view. I also affirm the fact that I aggravate the average person’s image of what a “good” world this is. In short, I am different, I am unconventional, I am peculiar, I am extremely anomalous and to many many many I am acutely bizarre. Therefore I see the world as tampered with, and not pure. I am not alone in my perception, in fact, there are thousands who share my copious convictions. Does this still mean that I am in a maniacal state of mind?
Just over 2000 years ago, there was a Jewish man who lived in a very precarious way. He was thought by many to be a heretic, a blasphemer, and some thought he also was crazy or possessed by devils.
He didn’t pay any attention to these things though. He knew that he was here to change the world, and so he did. He changed the rules. He fulfilled thousands of years of prophecy. He was his own person, and did the things he knew were right – in spite of the current traditions and pathology that existed among the people at that time. He said, “I am the way the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)
His name was Jesus Christ. He taught about love! Love was for all, those you liked and those you didn’t! His teachings have transformed an uncountable number of lives all over the world. He was different. He was odd. Was he also insane?
There is a gal who sings a beautiful song entitled, “Father’s Eyes.” Her name is Amy Grant. This song speaks of being like God (who many believe is also Jesus Christ). She wants to be like Jesus was to those in her life. Can you imagine? Why would she want to be like this “crazy heretic?” Because she has found that in her life, He is the way. For her, he is the truth. For her, he is life.
I have to say that I agree with her. I hadn’t thought about that before. I didn’t realize how – insane – the world perceived Jesus Christ to be. Yet, He is the only one I wanna be like.
It is okay that I am recognized as being insane. There is a lot of truth to that, based on the previous information in this article. However, I am also a lot of other things. I love people like crazy! I do things with all my heart! I love to help whenever I am able! I give voice lessons, and love to sing myself. Kids are some of my most favorite people! I do not ever hate people. I try to understand, and want to be loving as best I can. I love God! There are a lot of things I can do, and Some I hope to still accomplish. Sometimes I get bummed out, but I accept that as a part of life. I do not see the world as all bad nor do I see it as all good. I love pickles and do not like avocados. Cottage cheese is awesome, but hot sauce I will pass on. Music lives in me, and I crave it every day! I am get absolutely absorbed into the written word, and love to create writings of my own. I am not a super model, but I am an authentic substantial matron. There is a lot that I have to offer the world, even if my contributions appear meager and limited. I am not damaged to the point of danger for others. Perhaps my afflictions have composed in my consciousness a fashion for the assistance of those who will succeed my own footsteps. This I anticipate with much enthusiasm.