clinical insanity

i’ve heard the assertion that the definition of clinical insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.

hell, i’ve said this myself.  many times.  it’s often how i describe my own life.

www.law.com describes it like this:  Insanity n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.

lawyers like to use this definition to determine innocence if there’s a guilty person in front of a jury or guilt if there’s an innocent person in front of a jury.

while my definition is basically crap (and, being from Texas, i can live with that) i will most likely continue to use it.

however, the correct definition corresponds closely with my meaning as i have witnessed a fair number of people in my life that this applies to and as far as i know almost none of these people have been indicted (but a few probably should be).

no names, no names!

i can understand how fine and blurry the line between fantasy and reality can be (especially at Coco Loco’s early in the morning) but come on,  don’t you sometimes want to try a different way once in a while just to see what happens?

and how the hell can a store keep convincing me to buy snickers bars that are so old even the peanuts are stale?

there oughta be a law!

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4 Responses to “clinical insanity”

  1. I like Orwells definition of insanity. “Insanity is a minority of one.” If 99% of the population thinks the earth is flat, then the 1 % would be considered insane for stating otherwise, until the proof basically undermines the 99%. The problem is that the 99% will forget this proof when discussing wether the earth revolves around the sun- add another dark age to prove the 1% again was right. We’ve been having this discussion for eternity. Every mind with something original to state, will always be considered insane by the majority that can’t see the blurred line between genius and insane. Still, legal insanity is too high a threshold. Legal insanity is almost unheard of in Texas case law- I mean cases won using that defense. Most lawyers know its a pigeon hole you can’t get out of once it starts to fail.

  2. Insanity… Some claim that it was Einstein who said something like this: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”

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