Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.
That is ridiculous. Sanity defines us. It is sanity that determines who we are. It is absurd to want to lose one's power to act as one sees fit, to give up control. I could possibly have been insane for some brief seconds in my life, with jealousy, with despair, with anger, with fear, and perhaps with love, albeit in a different way. Those seconds have bred catastrophe. Insanity is when you act not as you think best, but as you cannot help acting. Some would seek to relinquish responsibility
, but such people rarely think carefully enough to orchestrate the complete surrender of control necessary. And I do not hold with it. All I am is tied to what I believe best. My very identity lies in my perpetually making decisions to use of the time I have left in the very best way possible. Every hour spent in an activity is an hour not spent doing something else. Every word I speak is an opportunity lost if it is without purpose. The appropriate response to reality is to throw oneself upon it before it disappears and wring from it whatever it may offer. And then the appropriate response to reality, after one has done that enough to have gained awareness of its nature, is to uphold what one finds true and worthwhile, and to discard the dross. And to transform and heal the broken if one may. I am a dentist. Anything less is undignified and thoughtless. To wish to lose reality to insanity is to show contempt and disrespect for all the universe. Do you think any true beauty comes from blandness? Do you think any joy comes without pain and tempering? I will take it all, to recognise and honour strength, diligence and sacrifice, and the value of even a single spark of light in the darkness. I will take it all for company
in my own depths. To offer. To receive. For my wonder, and for the wonder of those I value. Sanity. It is the core of all potential and thus fulfillment. It is at the core of all good that can come to be.
And each for the joy of the working
And each in his separate star
Shall draw the thing as he sees it
For the God of things as they are.Name: John H. Holliday, DDS.
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Nulli Virtute Secundus