“This is what I believe to be true: You have to do everything you can and if you stay positive you have a shot at a silver lining.” – Pat (Silver Linings Playbook)
Pat is bipolar or has “mood swings and weird thinking brought on by severe stress, which rarely happens, thank God.”- Pat
The quote that no one will blog about comes from Pat who tells his dad, “Maybe we (crazy people) know something you don’t know.” This is a profound statement. Maybe “normal” people don’t know something that could be important to understanding the human condition, and reality for that matter.
Reality = an agreed upon space-time
Reality = a story that most people agree to be true.
Bottom-line: If you don’t agree with the consensus (what 80% or more people agree to be true), then you need a “reality check” and you might be “crazy.”
We don’t know how to act around crazy people because their behavior forces us to face questions to which we do not know the answer. We don’t understand reality as well as we thought we did and this scares us, so we label people “crazy”
But what if crazy people know something normal people do not know? If we could see the world the way a crazy person sees it, maybe we would define reality differently. Maybe their view of the world is the truer view, the unmasked naked version of life which normal people try to cover-up by balancing emotions.
Instead of taking a pill to don rose colored glasses, maybe we should first ask what mental illness teaches us about reality. How should we handle the irrational, illogical, unfair, unbalanced, frenetic, pain unfurled moments of life?
We get this very helpful phrase “Every cloud has a silver lining” from a poem written by John Milton, 1634 (author of Paradise Lost)
…there does a *sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night,
And casts a gleam over this tufted grove.
*sable means black
Somehow these words give me hope.
Poems and prayers have helped people make sense of crazy for thousands of years. We must return to this liturgy of life, days that find pause to pray, to sigh, to exhaust pen on paper and transform our thoughts into poetry.
I do advocate taking medicine to help people function well in this world because unrestrained emotions can be dangerous. However, we must not be afraid to look into dark places and find out why our world can be so chaotic. We must learn hope habits too that can heal our broken minds.
What if the only way to see the silver lining is to first see the dark cloud?