“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
– Robin Williams
That is definitely a quote to give someone cause. Robin Williams tragic passing has revealed many of the good and dark qualities of this comedic genius. If you have not had the opportunity to check out any of his stand-up routines, I would highly recommend it.
Asides from being a gifted actor and performer, he had some interesting insights. The quote about “madness” above stuck out for me the most.
To be anything in this world, does it not require a certain amount of madness? Let’s face it, with the world the way that it is now, a little madness may serve one well. I am not talking about doing anything violent, harmful, or destructive.
No, I am talking about doing something outside of one’s comfort zone. We all get stuck in the same rigor morale of the day. Everybody does the same thing day-in and day-out. Life loses in joy and excitement.
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What is the point of living if there is no joy in it? Our lives become so mundane and predictable that we become like robots in an auto factory performing the same function over and over and over.
Is this living?
So, what does one call this spark of creativity or excitement that breaks us out of this continuous cycle? It comes from thinking differently and changing ones’ perspective. It is doing, feeling, thinking something new. It is a feeling of exuberance, new energy or “Madness”.
Throughout history, people have looked upon others who think or act differently as being mad. The question is: “what are these people afraid of?” Is it fear that keeps us from being who we truly should be?
Now, that is not “madness”, that is just sad.
Then it would appear that we should tap into our inner “madness” to become who we truly should be. Here is a new math equation:
Madness = Happiness
Thanks, Robin Williams for such a great insight. Now, I will play with “madness”.