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Prophets?

02/03/2016

Schizophrenics in full flight do not perceive the reality society agrees upon.

In this sense, they are damaged and dysfunctional.   

But perhaps even in their dysfunction, these people offer society – the rest of us – a kind of wisdom.

After all, for example, in our society a schizophrenic may seize upon a combination of technological excess and the erosion of privacy to envisage all-encompassing surveillance and control, or, again, upon the fact that food and water – consumption itself – might be compromised and filled with some form of malevolence.

For a schizophrenic, isn’t it that actual societal imbalances may morph into all-consuming invasions and conspiracies against the person –  violations either directly felt or revealed as imminent in signs and portents?

Listening care-fully, though, we may find in their fears, cries and warnings echoes of the forms of our own limiting social conditioning and our own quite real and pressing societal blind spots and excesses . . . 

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