The Strangeness of Sanity

"Show me a sane man, and I will cure him for you." These echoing words of paradoxical wisdom have remained true since they were first spoken by Carl Jung, a firm believer that if one considered themselves sane, that they were in fact delusional because of it. After all, the greatest evils are committed by those who think themselves in the right, for being in the right is the perfect justification to use any means necessary to attain what one desires. Considering oneself to be absolutely in the right about any given conflict of morality is the gateway; not to peace, but to further and more vicious conflict than might have been avoided. To consider oneself to be completely right about anything reveals two fundamental falsities of character: A) that one knows all there is to know about the conflict and the premises in which it dwells, and B) that one has the right to pass judgment on that which they consider to be the opposite side of the conflict; ie. that they have the right to condemn others for that which (only too often) they are themselves guilty of.

It is no small thing to live in a culture which not only encourages narcissism in this way, but also allows it to flourish through the various means of posturing and "white-knight-ism" on social media, and other forms of collective interaction. Adhering to a certain group in which there is any absolute belief (that is neither empirically nor psychologically sound), is a direct result of a deep need to affirm the ego, but in doing so, convince oneself of the twisted truths in the devices of social proofs that are most moral issues today; we strive to find a side of the fence, but around the garden we slumber in, therelies monsters and important questions that we fail hopelessly to address. Why do we choose to play the game in the garden instead of venturing beyond its bounds? Why do we choose to play with arbitrary and non-consequential issues when beyond the narrow scope of our understanding there waits a mystery which encompasses not only the self, but also all of the selves which make up humanity? There are a number of perfectly reasonable reasons, as it so happens. For one thing, it is much easier to see that which one does not like in themselves in others, for it saves the pain and effort of changing oneself to be a better human being. Second, there is an inexhaustible amount of trivial matters with which one can get mixed up, and busy themselves with, so as to avoid the inevitable boredom which comes with leading a consumerist and borderline meaningless existence. There is also the phenomenon of social pressures, which in the end are imposed upon us by non other than ourselves as a collective, for it is these pressures which have kept society functioning thus far.

Here begins the explanation of the importance of why one MUST be aware of one's own capacity for all evil imaginable, and not only the capacity (or potential for these evils) but also the evils which we perform regularly so as to keep our sanity. Exposing the detestable parts of ourselves is, in truth, looking for diamonds in the rough; in the end, this is the only way to truly find the diamonds of the self. Now, while busying oneself with unimportant matters or questions is generally satisfying by means of the pleasure that it gives oneself, it does not satisfy the need for meaning which nests itself in the souls of all men. This need for meaning cannot be satisfied by artificial creations of the ego, whose purpose is to experience life. If it were solely up to the experiencer, then life would be a boundless collection of pleasures; an ordered vessel in which no chaos nor unpredictability ever coincided with our lives. But it is not so. No matter how much we reject the natural and chaotic aspects of ourselves, we remain at its mercy; in fact, the more we repress this natural animal dynamism, the further we are consumed by its voracity. But, if we are to become whole, one must at some point in their lives (unfortunately, most do this on the doorstep of death) look inward and see the microverse that reflects all things within. With true knowledge of the self, one attains knowledge of the world around them, and has the ability to change it; be it for better or worse.

As for busying ourselves with nonsense so as to avoid meaninglessness, the ridiculousness of this reasonability is self evident. If one busies themselves with unimportant matters, then they are not truly busy, and thus the core of boredom is never reached and addressed. The creativity which pervades humanity is expressed in such a small proportion of us, that one cannot help but wonder what everyone else gets up to. The answer to this is also self evident; the creative process is omnipresent, but changes faces and the ways in which it is manifested by and through consciousness. The key here is to unlock the TRUE creative doorway which remains locked in so many, because they either do not look within, or pathologically look in the wrong places (ie: in arbitrary matters that are of no fundamental import to the individual or the community). As for the self placed social pressures, these are hopelessly outdated, not because they are inherently bad or ineffective, but because the world has changed in so many fundamental ways that the collective psyche is yet to catch up. Despite our advancements into the physical world, we remain; for the most part, but children of the mind, controlled unknowingly by unconscious urges and judgments which no longer hold any substantial place in the world.

Thus the "cure" for our collective insanity; like any mental illness,is not an imposition of sanity upon the individual OR the group (whether it be imposed externally or internally). It is instead a fundamental understanding and acceptance of this insanity which has taken hold of us, not a repression of our darkest aspects, nor a disguising of the true problem with an infinite variety of mindless pleasures, but instead a piercing and truthful understanding of ourselves. An understanding which touches upon the core of our collective pathology, so that we may then further help to cure the individual of his false sanity. For every man, woman, and child in the world is strange and disturbingly unique at the root of what and who they are, and should we all come to understand the strangeness of our own natures, the world will surely be on the path to inevitable redemption.

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