Sanity.

Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where Anu, Ashok, Conrad, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Magpie11, Padmum and I write on the same topic. Please do visit the linked blogs to get nine different flavours of the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Conrad. I suspect that he has chosen this to reaffirm that the LBC is not an insane attempt at setting the blogsphere afire.

Sanity is a relative term. What is sanity for one can be interpreted as insanity by another. Let me give two examples about which I have shared with my readers in different contexts. When I left my position with a high profile company, there were people who thought that I was insane and there were people who thought that I was the only sane person in that organisation. Similarly, when I invited my father to come and live with me, there were family members who thought that I was insane and just a couple of them who thought that I was not.

Let me give another great example and reiterate that sanity or insanity is in the eye of the beholder. Fellow LBC blogger Grannymar considers me daft. That is a polite way of saying that I am insane. On the other hand there is another LBC blogger, who modesty prevents me from naming, who thinks that I am the sun, the moon and all the stars in the universe. I leave the matter with my readers to decide whether I am or not. I am comfortable with either definition as I know that it is just relative from points of view.

Seriously, let us take a look at a condition called Synesthesia. I suspect that this was the condition that put Vincent Van Gogh into a lunatic assylum. Others thought that he was insane. Don Maclean has a different take on it. He concludes the song with:

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they’re not listening still.
Perhaps they never will…

Please listen while seeing this fantastic video and decide whether Vincent was sane or insane or the world around him was sane or insane.

 

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