The internet is NOT a good place to get your news. It does not help us understand world affairs as much as to feel like we know what is right and wrong with a tiny bit of information then fit it to our own beliefs and reactions. Solutions requires time. The internet tells us that there is no time. If one more child dies, we are responsible. Just so you know, I am not God. I cannot stop other people from doing hardly anything. I can barely remember where I put my phone.
History favors people who figure out things quickly. The first one to discover something, (or to get recognition for it), wins. Sometimes we even kill them! We seldom learn about the people who worked on figuring stuff out for centuries but did not succeed, or the people who let someone else do it because these others were more capable. These people might however have longer lives. Then again maybe they sat down too much or ate processed meats. What I am saying is give yourself a break. Not everyone has the calling to meet every disaster. I cannot rally to every cause because of the nature of my emotional makeup. Am I insane? No but I do tend to depression. Is this an excuse? Maybe. Everyone can do something to help the world each day but everyone can not do everything for every cause. That is insane.
Mental illness is not the equivalent of insanity. Mental illness is a PHYSICAL problem which is difficult to detect and control. Despite all you may read about diet, medication, love and trauma, we don’t have a cure for everyone who has mental illness. Also it is not dangerous to self or others in MOST cases!
Insanity is something that can take over a person or a crowd whether they have a mental illness or not. I would define it as :
Paranoia derived from believing one is infallible, is directly hearing, interpreting and carrying out God’s plan and actually putting this plan into effect and/or encouraging others to do so.
A crowd can become crazy. A whole land can become confused, paranoid and act horribly. An individual can become lethal. I don’t really trust any human being with a gun because of these tendencies. People believe The Bible and The Constitution are infallible despite our knowledge of humanity’s failings because they were “divinely inspired.”
I don’t think religion is insane but carrying any belief system out without constant revamping to fit modern circumstances and knowledge is insane. We can’t “Be Great Again.” We can only be more aware of being mediocre.
Is it Trump’s fault? Sadly no. People like power and security. Believing that a big corporation or military power will take care us seems very quaint but there are enough smart people to fool those who need to believe. In case you think you are too smart for all this when was the last time you listened to advice you read online about diet or dangerous health conditions?
I took a survey an hour ago which asked what percentage of gun deaths I felt were caused by mass shootings. The second question was about Volvos. Now that is insane but I fell for it. Don’t do what I do. Don’t do what I say, but be aware of your own tendency to insanity and while you are at it ask your doctor about mental illness. It is not necessarily dangerous but it can change your outlook on life.