Saturday, November 20, 2010


(stretching the implications and varying definitions of the word "madness" to broaden the understanding and maybe redefine it altogether)  

- Senseless folly

  "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would..." (Alice in Wonderland)

Alice Kingsley: "What an idea. What a mad, crazy, wonderful idea."
Mad Hatter:  "Have I gone mad?"
Alice Kingsley: "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers..."

 Willy Wonka: "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men." Even King Solomon of Israel who was the wisest man to ever live gave himself to madness and folly! According to Socrates the wisest man is he who knows that he knows nothing whereas on the contrary a fool is "he who knows not and knows not that he knows not".

 Alice Kingsley: Sorry, what was that?
 Mad Hatter: What was what?

Madness, my dear!

 - Insanity; lunacy

The Joker: "You see, madness is like gravity, all it needs is a little push". (The Dark Knight) How great was this "little push" that set people like Hitler and Stalin over the edge to commit such atrocities to mankind? Better yet the more accurate question to ask would be in what direction was this "little push" set in motion and how did they respond to it?

 Chaplin: "This is a ruthless world and one must be ruthless to cope with it." Or in the words of the Mad Hatter: "There is a place, like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter".

Mad Hatter: Down with the bloody Red Queen!
Mad Hatter: "What is the hatter with me?"
Alice Kingsley: Sorry, what was that?
Mad Hatter: What was what?

 Madness, my dear!

 - Overcome by desire, eagerness, enthusiasm, etc.; 

 Alice Kingsley: "...But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."
 Everyone that has accomplished or done "great" things in the scope of history, good or bad, are people that possessed or attained this "madness" or "ruthless" energy. Some of the greatest poets such as Edgar Allen Poe were mad. Poets say crazy things. "Why should poetry have to make sense?" (Chaplin) Many of Lewis Carroll's writings are confusing and contradicting though madly poetic at the same time which is why the Mad Hatter says " would have to be half-mad to dream me up". Some of the greatest orators, politicians, dictators, rulers, athletes, actors, singers, performers and etc have possessed this "madness" in their own field. They all wore different hats and in the process of making them inhaled the fumes so much that it affected them neurologically. To some it became toxic and deadly, to others a wonderful tonic. This depending on the two main antithetic factors ever present in life: despair and laughter. "Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference." (Chaplin) Indifference leads to depression and depression leads to a "madness" that pains both the possesor and those around. Whereas "laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain". (Chaplin) Laughter is a result of joy that leads to happiness, a madness that blisses both the possesor and those around. "To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!" (Chaplin) Or in other words to have fun with your pain, your trials, your hardships, your illnesses. To laugh in the face of death and destruction. This is a great madness but so is forgiveness to some people! Forgiveness can be very painful but also liberating and fun!

Alice Kingsley: Sorry, what was that?
Mad Hatter: What was what?

 Madness, my dear!

 - Excessively or uncontrollably fond; infatuated; wildly gay or merry; enjoyably hilarious

 Madness is folly and so is love sometimes. Love can make you do strange things. There are people that are madly in love. They fall headlong into another like a raving lunatic as if blindfolded for better or for worse. There are people that are madly in love with money. They foolishly gamble their whole life away in a matter of seconds. Simply madness! Love can make you sacrifice your life for another! Love can make you do supernatural exploits, things humanly impossible. Love can make you harm those that you love most out of anger and love can make you love those that harm you most out of compassion.

Alice Kingsley: "Sorry, what was that?"
Mad Hatter: "What was what?"

 Madness, my dear "...what nonsense I'm talking."

 "Have I gone mad?"

 "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers but I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."

 "...which luckily I am"!

 In order to be successful in whatever you do in life pursue it "madly" and you will stand out among the crowds perpetually!

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