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How to become crazy or sane whichever you choose

Updated on August 18, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.

Special Water Wells

Do you drink from a special well?
Do you drink from a special well? | Source

Drink the water...

Once upon a time there was a King with his own water supply bubbling up from a private well in the basement of his castle. No one but the King was allowed to drink from this well. Guards were posted around the clock.

Everyone else in the kingdom had a public water system. It was never guarded and anyone that happened by could open up the tap and drink until they were quenched.

One fine and glorious day, the King went out from the castle and walked among the township. He loved to walk for the exercise and the slow pace allowed him to appreciate the beauty of the fields and trees and sky. But on this day, his township was acting just a bit weird. Some of them even appeared to be crazy. They were saying crazy things and doing crazy things and some of the people had even taken off their clothing though it was a cool evening.

"Weird", thought the King,. "I wonder what is happening here?"

The King went back up to the castle and had a long, tall glass of refreshing iced tea made from the special water in his well. It was good water, excellent water and the King loved it.

The next day, the King walked among his subjects again. They seemed to be speaking in tongues. He had a very hard time trying to understand even so much as the greetings they gave him. They had decided to wear clothes again, but the colors! They didn't match, they were clashing every which way and no one seemed to notice except the King. "WTF?" remarked the King. "I must get to the bottom of this insanity."

He noticed a stranger had arrived. The stranger seemed normal. at first. Then he drank from the communal tap and instantly his whole attitude changed and he began to act very strangely.

The King decided that there must be something wrong with the water. He wanted to have his town inspectors test the water, but for some reason, they could not understand what the King was saying. They thought he was "losing it".

So after a few days of trying to convince the townspeople to stop drinking from the well, which was hopeless because they couldn't understand a single thing he was telling them, he decided to test the water himself.

He walked down to the well. People stared as he drew up a big tall glass of water and drank it down. A very strange thing happened. The people suddenly made sense again! He resolved never to drink from his private stock again. It must have been his private well that had been poisoned!

I'm not sure where I heard this fable or parable or whatever it is, but it represents to me how easy it is to confuse sanity and insanity.

Drink the Flavor Aid....

Yes, it was Flavor Aid, not Kool Aid that Jim Jones told his flock of 909 people to drink in November of 1978. Over three hundred of them were children that Jim convinced to drink cyanide laced drinks. Parents had to give this drink to their children and then drink it themselves. Jones was a "really weird kid" who was "obsessed with religion ... obsessed with death", a childhood friend claimed that Jones frequently held funerals for small animals, and had reportedly fatally stabbed a cat as a young child. The Guyana suicide was the biggest killer of Americans in one spot before the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

Marshall Applewhite claimed to be Jesus two years before he and his Heaven's Gate cult committed mass suicide to rendezvous with a spaceship hiding behind the comet Hale-Bopp in 1997.

David Koresh, born Vernon Wayne Howell, was the leader of a Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas, proclaimed that he was "the Son of God, the Lamb". In 1983, 54 adults and 21 children were found dead after the fire at their home.

There are others through the years that have blamed religion or some cult for their crazy ideas. Literally hundreds of people have claimed to be Jesus Christ himself! Thousands of people have partaken of their Flavor Aid...

Jim Jones' Loved South America!

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The site of the Jonestown suicides and massacre.

Did Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin contribute to the Tucson shootings?
Did Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin contribute to the Tucson shootings? | Source

Vitriolic Rhetoric....

Rush Limbaugh is actually trying to blame the Democrats for the shootings in Tucson!*

RUSH: You know, getting hold of a guy, paying him to go do something like this, and when it's all over, claim that he's a Tea Partier? Which is more believable to you, you know Tea Party people, which is more believable, a Tea Party person in light of all that's happened here is actually gonna commit an atrocity like this or that the Democrats or the left would pay somebody to go do something like this and claim to be a Tea Partier, which is more likely of those two?

CALLER: I would go with the conspiracy --

*"something like this" is referring to the Tucson shooting of January 8, 2011.

Limbaugh has also been quoted as saying the Democrats want to use this type of shooting and mayhem to outlaw guns.

Sarah Palin took down references to Giffords being on the "hit" list of Democrats after the tragedy and claims to have no culpability in encouraging Jared Lee Loughner's actions.

Of course, everyone is trying to find a way to blame Obama for the actions of this apparently "crazy" individual.

So who is to blame? Well, I would say Loughner is to blame. He wasn't drinking the correct Flavor Aid and decided to go buy a gun and shoot some people. Everyone is trying to asses culpability. Maybe it's just plain old mental illness.

Getting professional help....

Truly, in this day and age, there should be no stigma in asking for help if you "hear voices" or most of the people around you think you behave strangely. Perhaps you are the one that thinks everyone else behaves strangely! Like the King, you are drinking the wrong water or everyone around you is drinking the wrong water. Who knows?

Depression is a major psychological illness. It's very common and if you don't seek help, you can die from this illness.

Schizophrenia is a true mental dysfunction that can be treated with modern medicine. Schizophrenics "hear voices", see strange things and have bizarre thought processes. They are not possessed by "demons" or "spirits". They can have a reasonable chance at a "normal" life style if they choose to.

There is a long list of mental problems from "Acute Stress Disorder" to "Tourette's Syndrome". Almost all behavioral or delusional illnesses can be treated by a psychologist or psychiatrist. There is one near you. Many employee assistance programs are available for free.

If you just feel the need to "talk" to someone about getting along in life, please make an appointment to see a professional. They can help you! If the first one you visit doesn't agree with you, then find someone else. You won't get along with most of them, but you will find one that knows how to help you.

Don't become caught up in a cult. Don't follow another "crazy" person. Learn to think for yourself. Learn to tell the difference between the King's water and the public water system. Learn to say no to someone offering you cyanide laced drinks or drugs to "help you die" so you can go see or even become Jesus.

Psychology for your life

Psychology in Everyday Life, Third Edition
Psychology in Everyday Life, Third Edition

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© 2011 Lela

Comments - Do you find yourself strongly disagreeing with intelligent people? Do you fear "going crazy?"

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      Paul 5 years ago

      I've heard the story of the king before. But I also cannot remember where it is from. Does anyone know the name of this story?

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Just catching up - you have very thought provoking hubs! I worked with a guy who thought he was David Koresh - it was creepy. He was supposed to be a new manager - that ended up not working out:)

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      Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      There are crazy people in the world? Surely you jest. As for the shooting incident, I think politicizing this event is definitely the wrong direction. The guy was a nutcase, pure and simple. To call this event anything other than the deranged idea carried out by a madman is ridiculous, naïve, and frankly stupid...

      Even if the idea comes from some of my conservative friends.

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Wow, what a story!

      It amazes me what lengths "crazy" people will go to. The book and movie about Sybil, the girl with 20 or so personalities was split because of her mother and the insane things she put Sybil through.

      The mind is an awesome thing!

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      magnoliazz 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      I wish I could give this more than just a thumb's up AustinStar! I agree with you, Loughner was just plain mentally ill. The problem is that people who are truly insane think they are normal. That is the scary part.

      As for religion, it is probably the most dangerous flashpoint in the world today. I believe in God, but religion is another thing. Just look at all the people killed in the name of religion. I know many people turn away from God because of religion, and I don't blame them. Actually, I think religion makes some people go insane. Google Ed Gein. He's the guy "Psycho" the movie was based on. His mother was a religious fanatic, and Ed became totally warped because his mother had him on a big guilt trip over sex....and I am thinking it went further than that too. In the end, he killed two women, gutted them and hung them up like you would deer, plus he was a graverobber. He dug up women, including his mother. Ed Gein is the poster boy for religion and mental illness. Old Ed lived right here in Wiscosnin, not far from where I am sitting right now. Of course this all happened before I was born, but people still talk about it, and probably always will.

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Well, hurry home and say hello to your folks!

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      Baileybear 7 years ago

      Austinstar - am in New Zealand for a week. Our house escaped the floods, but my workplace has been damaged. Internet at our parents is SLOW.

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      You would think women would come forth and say, "no more babies!" I did and I have many friends who are childless by choice. But then along come the Octomom and Kate+8 and that worship throws us back a 100 generations.

      We are going to have to get very selfish if we want to save the world.

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      Joyus Crynoid 7 years ago from Eden

      I think it's getting exponentially worse because of the overpopulation problem. We have gotten ourselves into a real jam, one that could have been (and was) predicted by anyone paying attention to nature's ways. When you develop past the capacity of your renewable resources you set yourself up for catastrophic collapse.

      It's interesting from a historical perspective. Mass extinctions have happened repeatedly in earth's history owing to catastrophe's that put a huge dent in the resources that sustain life (an asteroid impact for example). In this case the catastrophe is caused by us--our overpopulation, which is fueled by fossils, rapidly being dissipated into atmospheric CO2....

      I think much of the craziness is simple denial of reality. For example, very few people are willing to acknowledge (and much less grasp) the second law of thermodynamics. From my perspective it explains everythng, at least in a general sense. And it allows for sustainability: it's just a question of finding the right balance. Unfortunately we overshot that place a long time ago, thanks to the industrial revolution produced by "the Enlightenment".

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      {{{Bailey Bear}}} I've been concerned not seeing you around much. I'll be glad when you get back home too. But really, don't hurt your brain with these morons. Read some good books too!

      JC, I have to agree with you on the crazy well. And it's getting exponentially worse, just like the overpopulation problem.

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      Joyus Crynoid 7 years ago from Eden

      I think most of humanity has been drinking from the crazy well for a long time. And it's getting increasingly toxic (both metaphorically and literally)!

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      Baileybear 7 years ago

      I've just finished reading some biographies about some wacky cults, like the 'children of god' who believed they were having sex for/with Jesus, and would strip naked while talking in tongues.

      Thinking of writing a review about these books when get back to Australia

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      Rhonda Musch 7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      This was a very interesting hub. I truly enjoyed the story about the King. Who knows what will happen next in this country. Great hub.

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      So, insanity could be lurking in our water? Or sports drinks? I think you may have something there. I do miss my cigarettes. Never drank the booze, though. But perhaps my craziness is due to bacon!

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      diogenes 7 years ago

      Yes. I think the first part of your hub might concern itself with "If you want to understand someone, walk a mile in their moccasins." I wonder often if our modern diets are not responsible for much mental instability - to put it mildly: and the cigarettes and booze, too. After all, these things ruin our physical health much of the time, why not fry our brains and, ipso facto, our minds, too? Good hub Bob

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I agree Old Poolman

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      Old Poolman 7 years ago

      My guess is if they are allowed to continue this abnormal and insane behavior some will die. I would have to think there is a limit to even their first amendment rights. Perhaps we should put this to a vote by the people, and if the vote agrees they are out of line, some agency could step in and confine them for a psych evaluation for at least a few years.

      Just my opinion.

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      We are drinking very different water than those of the Westboro Baptist Church! They have their own private (poisoned) stock. It's horrible, and people are too frightened of their mental illness to deal with it. We really need to deal with it though or people may die because of it.

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      Old Poolman 7 years ago

      This is just plain fantastic. I have always questioned why any nut case manages to get a large group of followers. That so called church group that was planning to picket the funerals here in Tucson is a good example. Only in America would they get away with a stunt like this. I appreciate the Canadian radio station sparing us the agony of a visit from this group of nuts. Many hubs have spoken of what should happen when someone encounters a person displaying abnormal behavior. Would not a group of fanatics running around the country disrupting funerals qualify as abnormal behavior? Yet I am not aware of any action being taken regarding this group. I guess some things are just beyond comprehension on my part.

      This was a fantastic hub, thanks for being here.

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      neeleshkulkarni 7 years ago from new delhi

      just loved the story- it could be a perspective altering thing for me.thanks for bringing it up here.

      and yes even beiong insane is a choice- and we can choose to respond to anything the way we like.

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      You did a great job on this topic. I was very intrigued by the parable of the king. Very interesting way to look at mental illness. I have my Masters degree in counseling psychology and have seen how medication can make such a difference for those struggling with mental illness.

      It's so sad to see how many get caught up in cults led by people that are obviously mentally ill. I like what you said that we all have to make decisions for ourselves and not follow the crowd or crazy leader.