“Ladies and Gentlemen! You’ve read about it in the papers! Now witness, before your very eyes, that most rare and tragic of nature’s mistakes! I give you: the average man. Physically unremarkable, it instead possesses a deformed set of values. Notice the hideously bloated sense of humanity’s importance. Also note the club-footed social conscience and the withered optimism. It’s certainly not for the squeamish, is it? Most repulsive of all, are its frail and useless notions of order and sanity. If too much weight is placed upon them… they snap. How does it live, I hear you ask? How does this poor pathetic specimen survive in today’s harsh and irrational environment? I’m afraid the sad answer is, “Not very well.” Faced with the inescapable fact that human existence is mad, random, and pointless, one in eight of them crack up and go stark slavering buggo! Who can blame them? In a world as psychotic as this… any other response would be crazy!”

The Joker.


15 thoughts on “(In)sanity.

  1. Fantastic set of quotes Maria, your own not the least.

    The Joker’s monologue is actually a melodramatised summary of the salient points of the philosophy of the late Scottish psychiatrist (and anti-psychiatrist) RD Laing.

      • I’d heard he wrote poems but have never encountered them. I’ll see if Google helps.

        His books and papers on psychiatry were a pleasure to read though, which is more than I can say for most of what I had to plough through at uni.

      • Have you read Knots?

        You know you couldn’t have pointed this out to me at a more apt time.

        Check it out, Rexie.
        Try not to cough.

        While I was Googling it I ran across a quote that reminded me of a conversation we once had Maria.

        True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is. – RD Laing

        • This is like the knottiest thing I’ve ever read. Knots, that is.

          He does not think there is anything the matter with him


          one of the things that is

          the matter with him

          is that he does not think that there is anything

          the matter with him

          Eeep. Anyway, yes I get that quote. So perfectly fits our conversation.

  2. Rexie says:

    Kya Maria, ufff! I mean, really ufff! Lol. I am only half insane. You have inspired me to desperately seek the quintessential insanity. Thank you!

        • Shukriya Shukriya. 😉
          Glad you like what I write. The only thing I’m trying to do here nowadays is to blog freely, like I did earlier.

          Used to be very active Fb peh, but ab it kinda lost its charm. Books, blog, uni. 😉 Will try best, though.

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