For today’s quote of the day, we draw some stoic inspiration from Aristotle. Outside the purview of the wide body of stoic philosophy Aristotle helped inspire, is this more “artistic” and abstract gem attributed to him.
“There is no great genius without a touch of madness.”-Aristotle
In one of his most impressionable quotes, Aristotle exposes the thin veil that often exists between the inspired and the insane.
Naturally, as someone who has been diagnosed with PTSD and Bipolar Disorder, this quote from Aristotle speaks to me, because I’ve experienced this “mixture” of genius and madness personally.
I attribute some of my most creative ideas and outputs with periods of intense mania. This is at the heart of why I started this blog and why you’re reading this now. The written word has been a very therapeutic medium for me. It has given me a creative outlet to “mind my own madness.”
The Thin Line Between Love & Hate
Along these lines, I can’t help but think about the 1971 hit by the Persuader’s, “Thin Line Between Love and Hate.” A song that highlights with different terms, the “veil” between love (divine inspiration) and hate (loves nemesis).
Another good example of the close proximity or relation between divine inspiration (genius) and its perceived nemesis (mad rival) is found in the Bible – in the story of Cain and Able in Genesis 4.
Cain (The older Loose cannon) and Able (the younger, divinely inspired sibling) aren’t arch enemies in the predictable way you would expect. They’re actually close relatives. Another example of the close relation between love (genius) and hate (madness/insanity).
Bitter Rivals or Close Relatives?
In all these examples, we learn that these apparent opposites of divine inspiration (genius) and desperate insanity (madness) are often attracted to one another and from time to time, kiss.
In some degree, this makes sense, because in order for us to tap into genius or escape novelty, we must be willing to dance in less socially acceptible circles. After all, the status quo is where creativity goes to die.
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Hi, my name is Daniel Fortune. I’m a husband to 1, dad to 5, U.S. Army combat veteran, mental health advocate, writer, and public speaker currently residing in the central valley of the sunny state of California. I started the Minding My Own Madness Blog as with a vision to become one of the best personal development and mental health resource blogs. As someone who has battled with combat related PTSD and Bipolar 1 Disorder for 2 decades now, I intimately know the unique struggles people living with a mental illness face. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you find yourself in crisis or would just like to say hi. I’m always just a message away.
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