The Road to Insanity


The road to insanity (**) is often paved with stuff that while sometimes troubling, isn’t usually considered that bad. One generally doesn’t go insane quickly, or from one event. It’s typically a systematic process. Erosion. The person going insane doesn’t even see it happening. It just becomes apparent at some point we are not ourselves.

Eventually we can look back and see some of the causes, and recognize that many of them were probably avoidable, yet we drove right into it in spite of what should have been better judgement. Were we already insane? Where were the original lines crossed? Were we preordained by virtue of our life’s baggage (or, for the religious, some journey God wants us to take)? And what of the others who helped take us on the journey? We think of insanity in an isolated, lonely way, yet it’s rarely accomplished without some “help” — innocent though it may be — from someone else.

Once you’ve gone insane, whatever that is, then what? There is no real undo button, nor trail of bread crumbs back. Life is additive. You may always be prone to a degree, carrying the baggage, just like an alcoholic is always an alcoholic. The best you can do is live with it and try to manage. That burden gets added to the rest of life’s weight we carry with us. You try not to make things worse, which requires a now difficult to assess combination of judgement and discipline.

Maybe you have a partner or friend in life who can help, but depending how far down the rabbit hole you’ve gone, it may be time to consult a professional. That’s the best advice I have, which isn’t saying much since it probably means taking input from someone who’s battling her own issues, not to mention the tendency to lump people and circumstances into boxes of conventional wisdom of previously defined semi-similar characteristics that may well not apply (correlate) thoroughly enough to provide a real remedy. It’s therefore better to figure most of it out yourself if you can. Big if, though…

(**) Insanity is an often misunderstood and misused word. It is legal, not clinical. So we’re all on the same page, know that I use it in the most broad, generalized (colloquial) sense here.


3 Responses to “The Road to Insanity”

  1. 1 Vivian McAdams September 30, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Big topic. Insanity vs irrational? What is the tipping point? Are you insane when you can no longer make “normal” decisions for yourself and others around you? How can you possibly know this? Seems that if you are insane, then to you everything is perfectly normal. I like to think I am a bit irrational about some things but others may have a different view of me.

  1. 1 Changes | Just a job to do Trackback on October 4, 2016 at 7:22 am
  2. 2 Bravery | Just a job to do Trackback on December 17, 2016 at 10:26 am

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