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The Virtue of Being Crazy

"I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. I say unto you: you still have chaos in yourselves. Alas, the time is coming when man will no longer give birth to a star. Alas, the time of the most despicable man is coming, he that is no longer able to despise himself." -Friedrich Nietzsche
“Sounds like you had an interesting weekend.” This is one of the first things that my dad said to me after I got out of the mental hospital a little over a week and a half ago.

I mention that now only because that’s the kind of joke that’s great at breaking tension (it at least worked for my family) and I didn’t really know how to start this essay otherwise. My first attempt: “Hello, I am a crazy person” seemed somehow uncouth.

This was my second time in such a facility. Going by how I’ve been feeling since I got out, I doubt it will be my last. It’s really not a bad little vacation though, especially if you like to color and drink coffee.

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