“There is no evidence…”

“There is no evidence that we’ve been placed on this planet to be especially happy or especially normal. And in fact, our unhappiness and our strangeness, our anxieties and compulsions, those least fashionable aspects of our personalities, are quite often what lead us to do rather interesting things.”

Jon Ronson, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

As someone who is decidedly abnormal in a lot of ways and exceedingly prone to melancholy, at least sometimes, I find this quote to be quite a comfort.  People are called crazy for all sorts of reasons, but a lot of those crazy people are the smartest, most interesting, and most inventive people around.  Let’s stop pretending we’re normal and boring.  Let’s just go ahead, unfurl that Crazy Flag in the garage, and let the damn thing fly.

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