Embracing our madness: the way forward

Yesterday, one of my questions was, “Is anyone not insane?

This question and line of thought, is, of course, in keeping with Krishnamurti’s statement that is so often mentioned on this site: “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a sick society.

Of course we find ourselves in a world where those who are functioning in ways largely understood to be “successful” are helping push humanity over the brink. They perhaps are the most shut off from healthy madness…which is really our very foundation.

Reframing and addressing the seriousness of where we find ourselves as a species on a planet we’re destroying, is an important part of the process.

Embracing our full humanity is critical AND to be human is to be EVERYTHING and CONSCIOUS of it as well, which is where we are grossly lacking. We are largely an unconscious species.

To be clear, simple reality, for most people feels insane and so we hide from it at our peril. The process of waking up is so terrifying to most people that they avoid it at all costs and force others who are attempting to wake up back into their stupor with neurotoxic psychiatric drugs. Oh, yes. IT is time for a reframe.

See also: Everybody is mentally ill

From Carl Jung and the Red Book:

Be silent and listen: have you recognized your madness and do you admit it? Have you noticed that all your foundations are completely mired in madness? Do you not want to recognize your madness and welcome it in a friendly manner? You wanted to accept everything. So accept madness too. Let the light of your madness shine, and it will suddenly dawn on you. Madness is not to be despised and not to be feared, but instead you should give it life…If you want to find paths, you should also not spurn madness, since it makes up such a great part of your nature…Be glad that you can recognize it, for you will thus avoid becoming its victim. Madness is a special form of the spirit and clings to all teachings and philosophies, but even more to daily life, since life itself is full of craziness and at bottom utterly illogical. Man strives toward reason only so that he can make rules for himself. Life itself has no rules. That is its mystery and its unknown law. What you call knowledge is an attempt to impose something comprehensible on life. ― C.G. Jung, The Red Book

More posts on Carl Jung and the The Red Book on Everything Matters: Beyond Meds:

More on MADNESS in general

The Red Book  — a work of ART. 

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The Red Book: A Reader’s Edition

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