A Casual Theory of Literal Insanity

Abnormal Psychology has never interested me much. I have always been more interested in Normal Psychology, so much so, that at one point I was planning to write a book titled Elements of Normal Psychology. Like a lot else that I planned to do, that didn’t work out.

A recent post on Digg.com, which tells us “what the Internet is thinking”, has, however, inspired me to propose a theory of insanity. Again, I am much less interested in literal (clinical) insanity than metaphorical insanity. The former, I think, is a phenomenon of little relevance to the problems of the world as clinically insane people can do little harm to general public, relatively speaking.

What terrifies me is metaphorical insanity, that is, insanity of (collectives of) normal people, which is infinitely more dangerous than any literal individual insanity.

Since I can’t do the tougher job of providing a theory of metaphorical insanity, I content myself here with providing a theory of literal insanity. A casual one at that.

The Digg.com post was initially titled:

Dog Finally Catches Its Tail, Has An Existential Crisis

Sometime later, it got changed to something along the lines of:

Dog Finally Catches Its Tail, Breaks its Brain

Then it again mysteriously changed back to:

Dog Finally Catches Its Tail, Has An Existential Crisis

Perhaps they realized they had gone too far in their regular Dog Whistle Distraction posting this time.

It is the middle version of the title (that has disappeared now) which inspired me to come up with a theory, with a little help from the movie Wag the Dog.

Here goes:

The dog wags the tail because it is smarter than the tail. If the tail were smarter, it would wag the dog.

The state of world can be explained to a great degree by this Wag the Dog theory, i.e., the tail is smarter than the dog. Therefore, as long as the dog does not realize that the tail is wagging it, it remains (clinically) sane. When, however, the dog finally catches its tail and finds out that it was being wagged by the tail, it goes through an existential crisis. This crisis eventually Breaks its Brain. This is what is called clinical insanity.

Therefore, to retain your health and well-being, it is highly advisable to remain blissfully ignorant of who or what is wagging you, as in the case of tail wagging the dog.