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The first images that crops up in our minds whenever we think of somebody 'mental' is a bunch of looney people or that eccentric mad scientist. But we are so far away from the truth when we perceive mental health problems to be associated with the crazy few. Well the bad news is, we are all mentally unstable in one way or another. Only reason we fail to see our own affected mental condition is because we are tuned to believe that mad people are a breed apart and we can in no way ever become them. And for the wise few who do realise time and again that something is not quite okay in the top floor, tend to live in denial of the facts that ocassionally haunt them.

Do you remember those times when you thought you were losing your mind or the times when you wanted to murder someone in cold blood or those times when you were crying or weeping all by your lonely self or even those times when you lost yourself in a fantastic world to make yoursel forget the harsh realities of the real world. We are told to believe that these and many more are just ways to cope with stressful situations. But in truth, they are just manifestations of the varying degree of mental decay we are in.

How long will we live in self denial. How long will we be taking the support of alcohol or other addictions to keep our minds in control or to 'de-stress' as we so love to term it. We fail to realise that a normal and healthy mind does not need any type of addictive substances to alter our feelings, thinking and even our behaviour. Yet look around you, almost every other person is hooked into some mind altering substance or the other. And we are termed to be out of control not when we begin to show signs of getting loonier but when we find it so hard to tackle with our minds on our own that we have to depend on psychotropic substances to keep us insane or sane, which ever way you look at it.

The point is, why deny the state of our minds even to ourselves. Would it not be much easier if we started to accept that we are not wired to be normal by nature. To be mentally unstable is not a disease condition but a pre-requisite to lead a normal and healthy life. Had it not been for those mad few who strived to stretch the limits of living life, we would still be in the stone ages. To be a pioneer, a reformer, a visionary you need to think and believe out of the box. And is that not in itself a state of an unstable mind. Is normal being abnormal and being abnormal absolutely normal, just give that a thought. Look no further than your own self. Look at the person in the mirror in the eye and declare without fear that you are absolutely mad and you just love being so.

Free your mind, thats what the flower generation professed. And I think they got the closest to realising what we actually are and what we should live for. But they were branded to be the lost generation, the crazy generation who lost their track in life. We buried their way of free thoughts in the deep recesses of our make believe world. And with time we are ever tuning ourselves to be perfectly trained for the rat race. To get ahead, to make money, to be surrounded by materialistic goodies, to be the yuppy crowd that is what we strive for. But in the maddening dash for these so called blings of life, we have left our sanity far behind. We can no longer define ourselves and that role has been taken over by the corporate world and the media culture. We are fed tailor made thoughts and our needs sway as by the whims and desires of these so called trend setters. And yet we claim to be in perfect control of ourselves. Automated beings programmed to behave the way they think we should, that is what we have become. And yet we have the audacity to claim we are perfectly normal.

It is about time we realised our blunder, about time we put a stop to ready made thoughts and feelings crammed into our minds. Maybe it is time we took a break and gave ourselves some time for deep thought. Time to unwind, time to reflect, time to finally discover what is the very purpose of our existence. We should cast away the illusion that mental instability is the curse of an unfortunate few and accept that we are all mad in one way or another. To be mentally unstable is perfectly normal as long as we discover the truth of life and the ability to survive in harmony with our surroundings.


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