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[–]Horrux 3 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

A truly wise man. Reading his work can be profoundly rewarding.

[–]hennaojisan 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

R.D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist (1927-1989) expressed very similar ideas. "They [future humans] will see that what we call “schizophrenia” was one of the forms in which, often through quite ordinary people, the light began to break through the cracks in our all-too-closed minds." In a shorter quote, I cannot find now, he said, and I paraphrase: What we call mental illness may be simply a natural response to life at this time. Laing may have found this idea in reading U. G. Krishnamurti (1918–2007) or come up with it independently. For some time (1956-1964), Laing worked at the Tavistock Institute.