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Insanity: What is it?

Updated on June 6, 2008

And How Do You Know If You Have It?

There are many different definitions for insanity, nearly all of them rather boring. The one I favor is this: "Doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting different results." That's the one that applies to me. And it may well be permanent!

Perhaps I should explain. I tend to expect people to behave rationally, but they don't always do that! I mean, really! Like calling someone on the telephone and leaving them a voice message asking for a return call. Now you tell me - is it too much to actually expect a return call? Yet the person in question (and they know who they are!) rarely, if ever, returns my call. Even more inexplicable - I continue to call them and leave messages! So that definitely fits the above-mentioned definition of insanity. (Is that wrong, to use the words "definitely" and "definition" in the same sentence?)

I have the same problem with emails, as well as with written letters. I was raised with the peculiar notion that when one sends someone a written missive, be it on paper or online, that the recipient of one's letter or email should reply in kind. I have a tad more luck with this than I do with telephone calls, but not much more than a tad. (Or should I have used "a bit"? How about "a smidgen"?)

Maybe I'm just expecting too much from my fellow human beings. Or maybe I'm just overly fraught with etiquette (I just love the word "fraught", don't you?), if that's possible. Does that actually mean I'm suffering from insanity, though? Or even enjoying it? Is it I who has the problem - or the people from whom I wish to receive replies? The world may never know.

(Oh, by the way - I do understand that the above-written does not answer the above-written subtitle; I do rather expect you, the Reader, to figure that out for yourself.)


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    • desert blondie profile image

      desert blondie 

      10 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      First, I love all words old-fashioned, so finding someone who uses "fraught" makes you a fav among hubbers! Second, yeah, hate to tell way to be delicate about this...BUT re: your phone messages...IF, as you say "you know who you are" and so YOU too know the offenders of YOUR sense of etiquette, since obviously their behavior isn't offending their own sense of're the "isane" one here! BUT, this is the good part!!!...if the worst insanity/etiquette issue in your life right now is the returning of messages...MAN, what a great life! GO out and enjoy something and dump those message offenders from your existence if they bother you that much! BE HAPPY


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