“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.” ~Aldous Huxley
well it’s close …. the premise invalidates its supposition: to wit, the defintion of normal is not necessarily mentally well, but a conformity to social norm. so ‘normal’ isn’t the opposite of mentally ill, mentally well is the opposite of crazy; and most of the time you have to go THROUGH the perils of insanity to get there. if not willing to risk the stability of your own mind, there is no gain to a foundation all your own. mental wellness is not something you are — it’s something you do in forging your own path. sometimes you land on your feet. sometimes you don’t. but every drop of crazy is worth every tear of alone.