Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Patsy Cline sings our national anthem

I’m a little nuts. Ask anyone. My children will quickly stipulate their old man is goofy. If I had more money, you would say I am eccentric. But nuts will have to do.

Most of my friends are nutty, too. Crazy. But not quite psychotic. Or so we hope.

We’re in good company: Einstein, Salvador Dali, Tony Hancock, and Beach Boy Brian Wilson – all head cases. Creative minds in all fields share traits associated with psychosis.

And that isn’t all bad. After all, mental illnesses have been around for thousands of years. Must be some reason why, evolution being what it is.

Yup. New research hints there are survival benefits to being a little daft. We now know that different forms of creativity spawn from different weird turns. Problem is, there is no clear, bright line between milder forms of psychosis and debilitating mental illness.

Some of my friends argue that it’s the “normal people” who are crazy.
Not us.

Here’s the funny thing: crazy creative people can make a lot of money. Ross Perot comes to mind. A new study in Texas (where else?) quantifies how important crazy people are to the state. By 2016, one in 12 Texans will be crazy, err creative. Packing, too.

The logic herewith is a little tortured (remember, I’m crazy). But it should help you understand Gov. Rick Perry a little better.


Anonymous said...

Now I dont feel so bad about being a nut case. Mike

Anonymous said...

Emily Dickinson (1830–86).
Complete Poems. 1924.

MUCH madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.
’T is the majority
In this, as all, prevails.
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur,—you ’re straightway dangerous,
And handled with a chain.

Ken Martin said...

"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives... I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends... and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it." -- John Lennon (1940-1980), Interview, June 22, 1968, BBC.

Blog of Ages said...

Off-line, a reader fussed at me for disrespecting Governor Perry.

Let me be clear: I think the governor very creative. Certifiable.


Anonymous said...

I heartily agree. Somber, sane, blah personalities, could never do what we used to do. Nor could they do what we do now. A former baseball player was supposed to be the color commentator at Frisco last Sunday and kept saying to my partner, Damn, this is hard...This is really difficult. We don't see it as such...so we must be crazy. People like Perry seem to have a hard joint in their head that prevents them from seeing things as they really are.
A former student of mine in North Dakota now broadcasting went to Minneapolis recently to that god-awful stadium and watched the Twins. I understand they are building a new ball park there...it is about time...who needs a roof in Minn. for baseballa....that great weather. Okay so it is a little cool in April and October....Bill

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