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Exploring mental illness, an argument for insanity.

When is it acceptable to be mentally ill? Throughout history people have had varying levels of acceptance and attitudes towards mental illness. During certain periods of history people were celebrated for having visions or talking with spirits. These hallucinations were interpreted as the mark of a genius or chosen one. Without their visions we may not have had great thinkers like Buddha or Shakespeare. But history has not always been so approving of hallucinations. There have been times when seeing things that were not there or talking to oneself was a sign of a witch or more recently a symptom of a mental illness, one which needs to be cured. (more…)

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When the Black Monk knocks, answer. Chekhov’s short story on mental illness.

In the short story The Black Monk Chekhov writes about death, faith, and individuality. Andrey Vasil’ich Kovrin, the main character of the short story died in a peculiar way.  He was visited by a fabricated phantom, started hemorrhaging, and then fell face first into a puddle of his own blood.  I took something surprising from the short story which changed my perception on living and dying.  (more…)