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One can know... One cannot know...
Debate Score:31
Total Votes:32
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How can one know if one is insane or sane?

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4 points

As someone famous once said, "insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

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3 points

I believe it was Einstein.

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5 points

It's been attributed to Einstein, Franklin, old chinese proverbs, etc, etc. The actual source is currently unknown.

(Infact, when trying to find a source for what I just said I came across an article that attributed it to Rita Mae Brown. [1])

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4 points

If you feel the need to ask if you are sane or insane should show you that you are sane.

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Good point. Good point.

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3 points

Obviously, sanity is a social construct - as in - the divider of sane people from the lunatics is created socially and is dependent on statistical opinion and the consensuses of what is real and\or possible. We all have these, one needs only a few days in front of the tv to absorb all of it.

Sanity was constructed in order to put it in a social contract. Since we know the insane are sent away to pure themselves, or just stay away - It is plausible to assume that if you are free to hang around, go to work, and pay your taxes, your mental state and conditioning are most probably acceptable by the people around you. Thus, you are sane.

I'll leave the paranoid thoughts of a self-conscience pseudo-existentially questioning the identity of itself, to those who blindly believe that human broken-by-definition language could possibly reach its improvised rusted phone-lines to a matter we all daily rediscover that we have no stable idea about the nature of, that we will probably never understand how we work.

Only those who believe in an object or an abstract thingy just because there is a word for it could possibly give any meaning to sanity outside of the context of social acceptance.

We try to desperately defy ourselves, to get rid of the mystery, the unknown, the uncertain, to function as a rational, calm, peaceful, human beings. Yet we are surrounded by words like I, myself, self, soul, conscience, concentration, sanity, attention, existence, inner world, thoughts, etc.. What does each point at?

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"The majority is always sane" -Ringworld by Larry Niven

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1 point

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't the fine line between sanity and madness gotten finer? -George Price

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2 points

Maybe they're so extremely sane that it blows our minds, and we think that they are insane. You never know...

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1 point

"Much madness is divinest sense to the discerning eye,

to the discerning eye much sense, starkest madness,

tis the majority

in this as all prevail,

assent and you are sane,


and you're straight way dangerous,

and handled with a chain."

-Emily Dickenson

No one can know if they are sane or insane, others can only assume.

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1 point

crazy people believe that what they're imaging is true....

but people who think that there's a chance that they are crazy

most likely aren't crazy

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1 point

If you cast your vote for Obama you are just stupid, dumb, and ignorant. If you didn't vote your insane and should be commited

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Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. -Friedrich Nietzsche

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This is a delicate situation. I think there are some people who don't know if they are insane.

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