I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.
So man’s insanity is heaven’s sense; and wandering from all mortal reason, man comes at last to that celestial thought, which, to reason, is absurd and frantic; and weal or woe, feels then uncompromised, indifferent as his God.
Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.[Der Irrsinn ist bei Einzelnen etwas Seltenes, – aber bei Gruppen, Parteien, Völkern, Zeiten die Regel.]
The distinction between sanity and insanity is narrower than the razor’s edge, sharper than a hound’s tooth, more agile than a mule deer. It is more elusive than the merest phantom. Perhaps it does not even exist; perhaps it is a phantom.
Some lose all mind and become soul: insane. Some lose all soul and become mind: intellectual. Some lose both and become: accepted.
Sane people did what their neighbours did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.
Perhaps if you know you are insane then you are not insane. Or you are becoming sane, finally. Waking up.