Matters of the Mindby Jen Miller, Muncy, PAWho in this world is worthy enough to judge which of us are mentally insane? What is sanity and how do we come up with a definition for it? Those who speak of worlds beyond the one we know, those who travel to places we will never see and those who take on the personalities of heroes and celebrities as their own are often written off as mentally ill. I have yet to be convinced that we are any better off. How many of us feel the pressures of life closing in and wish we could find a way to escape? Yet those who succeed in this escape are thrown into asylums so that they don't pollute society. Maybe the pollution is our own. Maybe we are limiting ourselves to one type of living and our brains to one type of thinking. It seems to me that each of us does what we need to do to survive in a society full of pressure and expectations. Some people relieve stress by playing instruments or punching walls. Others choose to leave the world (as we know it) behind and enter into a society all their own. Yet we remain so self-righteous that we think these people need to conform to our standards of living. I ask you, what are we so afraid of? Are we scared that the individuals may be dangerous or maybe that they may be right? ?
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.