Let Me Ask You a Question – 5/22/18

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Let me ask you a question:

Where do you draw the line between genius and insanity?

24 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You a Question – 5/22/18

  1. Most often, it seems drawn at the madhouse door, but not always. The insights of genius tend to be taken for madness by those afflicted with ossified ideas. Not all geniuses are mad, and not all the mad are geniuses, but enough are both that one should not assume either way.

    “Those who hear not the music think the dancers mad.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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  2. I am not sure that there is a clear line that one can draw between the 2.

    A person may be intellectually brilliaint but insane. Indeed they may be a psychopath or sociopath. Also it depends on what is meant by the word sane?

    To broaden the argument, someone may be wicked (and highly intellectually gifted) but not insane. Having said that, then one gets into a debate as to what constitutes wickedness. The relativist might contend that (as with the word insane) that wicked depends on time and place. For example anyone conducting human sacrifice today would be considered as wicked and (by the overwhelming majority of people insane). However in pagan times to sacrifice a human to the gods did not make the person conducting the sacrifice either wicked or insane. Indeed the priests where considered to possess great wisdom.

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