Accepting Our Inner Madness Dormant Within

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
~Mark Twain

What if there was a less physical explanation for the little aches and pains and twinges we get? What if the instances of annoyance we suffer were more a product of our inner disagreement? What if our anxiety or depression or doubting were, equally, the result of something we have, until now, never known about ourselves?

What if there is a fact about each one of us that stands to explain our confounding lives?

Of course, to entertain these questions there must be an openness of heart, and the preparedness to reason, sensitively, with the irrational. Perhaps only in coming to the messy inordinance of life – accepting our unacceptability – staring our despicability in the face – can we face our madness.

Can we agree that, in agreement with Twain, we are all, to a degree, mad?

But, first, we must get over our local default to deny our madness – for none of us wants to be identified for admission into the asylum. None of us wants to be imprisoned as a mad person. And because of this push to protect our madness, to somehow control it by containing it, it becomes dangerously dormant like Vesuvius. The worst possible encounter is that we might ‘blow’ our lava in unprecedented and unpredictable ways; making headline News.


The fact of approaching our inner madness in candour is terrifying for the average, sane person. There is no way we want to be seen as pathological, disrupted inside, given to insanities of thought and feeling.

But if we remember the Twain quote, we can begin to explore the fact that most people – generally all of us – have insane dissonances rattling around inside us.

When we get to thinking that insanity is insanely commonplace we don’t need to hide away our embarrassing tendencies from ourselves. We get to understand that others, also, have their embarrassing tendencies, too.

Only when we can appreciate the instances of madness, in truth, will parts of our lives begin to make sense. Only when we can appreciate our undoneness, accepting same, can we see ourselves as more done up-albeit imperfectly.


We may be able to connect two thoughts; two phenomena that may, until now, have been hidden from our understanding. These two phenomena – our madness and our complaints – may be so connected it may astound us.

The repression of our madness may explain the exacerbation of our complaints.

What if certain irreconcilable issues (aches or pains, anxieties, fleeting mad thoughts, angering realities, etc) were linked with something, until now, we never knew, or found just so unacceptable that we repressed them from conscious thought?

The truth is, as ‘normal’ people, and priding ourselves as ‘normal’ people, we have repressed instances of madness and propensities of insanity to protect ourselves.

If we can grow in accepting more the unacceptable we may actually diminish the instances of certain aches and pains, anxieties, fleeting mad thoughts, angering realities, etc, and other problems.


There is much about us we do not accept. Some of this is too scary; hidden from every other soul. We keep certain things hidden from the world because exposure could prove devastating. The fact is we all have a little madness dormant within. The key is accepting it – not being afraid of it. When we can let it exist, life begins to make more sense.

As we accept more the unacceptable within, we may actually diminish our pain and live more contented lives.

© 2012 S. J. Wickham.

Steve Wickham is a Registered Safety Practitioner (BSc, FSIA, RSP[Australia]) and a qualified, unordained Christian minister (GradDipBib&Min). His blogs are at: and

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The Difference Between Madness and Genius Is the Ability to Communicate Your Madness to Others

“The difference between madness and genius is the ability to communicate your madness to others.” Quote by Chris Mosely, 1994.

I came up with this quote in 1994, and my business partner at that time thought it was really good and posted it on a quote website which has long since vanished back into the digital nothingness from which it came – as did he it seems, but that’s an entirely different story better left for another blog. The quote has popped up now and again and I felt it was about time that I explained it a little more. So exactly what do I mean by this statement?

Have you ever watched the history channel where they ask the question “Hitler Madman or Evil Genius?” I’ve always wanted to explore this further and find a simple way to distinguish once and for all between madness and genius. It’s really not as easy as you might think. How can we tell if someone is just plain old fashioned mad, or an unrecognized genius? Who’s qualified to make such judgments? Is it even possible? My quote simply states that genius is the ability to communicate ‘Madness’ to others – all forms of traditional madness. In a way this defines a new form of Madness, as opposed to the traditional everyday madness we all know and understand. It’s like an infection, you’re infecting others with your madness, and the more people you infect, the more genius like qualities you assume. You infect them through communication.

So, my quote basically says that if a person’s Madness is not communicated effectively/successfully to society at large, it’s likely that society will consider them mad, in the traditional sense. Madness in the traditional sense is relative; it depends on what the majority of people consider to be normal behavior – “it’s the tyranny of the masses”, quote by Alexis de Tocqueville. There’s no absolute frame of reference in which you can call someone normal and another person mad. This makes for an interesting set of conclusions for me. I live in a world in which many great ideas are crushed into dust because they are not effectively communicated and assimilated by the influential controlling mob.

To me Madness/Genius is a set of radical ideas or concepts associated with an individual. The ideas have to be a departure from what is the currently considered view of reality. In this, the danger lies. These new ideas upset the status quo, they bring down countries, they redistribute wealth and resources, they remove scarcity or create new scarcity, they make people behave in strange and unpredictable ways, they change people’s status and how they even view themselves, and they can cause great harm… and so we generally don’t like to accept them easily. They seemingly come with a high level of risk and disruption.

Let’s say you have a radical thought, a life-altering concept and you have the confidence and conviction to start telling people about it. At this point you could potentially be thought of as a madman or a genius – in the traditional sense. The jury is still out on you. You have to communicate your madness/genius to others. People have to understand what you are saying; they have to be convinced that your concept is plausible in some way. Maybe even logical. This doesn’t mean your concept is actually correct; the so-called ‘truth’ would rely on some absolute framework of right-and-wrong, which doesn’t exist as far as I’m aware.

We’re not talking about the truth here (or the actual nature of reality itself) but rather the human emotional experience of understanding (agreeing with something). It’s that moment when a person finally throws there hands up into the air, almost in surrender and proclaims they finally understand something. I believe that the brain in utter exhaustion, having looked at the problem from as many different angles as is practically possible (or having been forced to do so), eventually releases chemicals, which give you a feeling of ‘understanding’. That’s it for me. It allows the human animal to make models, useful abstractions that can be applied to make predictions, useful predictions used to stay alive or prosper. Once you have this chemical response, it becomes very hard to change that person’s view from that time onwards.

In the end how effectively you communicate your concepts and create these chemical reactions in other people’s brains will dictate whether or not you are considered mad in the traditional sense. Develop the ability to communicate your radical ideas and concepts effectively and you’re well on your way to becoming a genius. Come up with radical life altering ideas, but communicate them poorly and you’re likely to be tortured, put in prison or killed!

The interesting thing about communication is that it comes in many different forms. It can be both verbal and non-verbal. It can be body language, what you wear, how you walk, whom you associate with, the tribe and symbols you are linked to. It can be delivered by people other than you in return for some form of consideration, or via different forms of coercion. Consider what a doctor or a judge or a policeman communicates when they wear their respective uniforms and how this influences society. Communication can be violent, non-violent, seductive, frightening, joyous, funny, sad and painful. It can create any emotional state you like if done effectively. It can involve both mental and physical aspects.

History and human experience is littered with examples of how to communicate successfully and effectively. You can do it through beautiful words, demonstrations and works of art or literature. You can do it with compassion and love lifting humanity up and improving everyone’s experience of life. Unfortunately you can also do it by employing violence, oppression and hate. You can drive humanity to the depths of suffering and despair. In a relativistic universe, whose judgments are we to follow. Humanity as a whole didn’t arrive into existence with a pre-defined set of objectives. There’s no pre-built measure of success for the human race as a whole, we’ve had to create it for ourselves. In this way we are not capable of judging what lifts us up, and what drags us down and herein lies another major problem for us all.

A Historic example that comes to mind is The Spanish Inquisition. The “Insane” were tortured and burnt alive. The inquisitors were thought to have the keys to all knowledge, a deep and fundamental understanding of reality itself. They were the absolute arbitrators of right and wrong; truth and falsehood. From a modern perspective we can clearly see who’s mad in the traditional sense, but the more important point here is, can we see how we are doing exactly the same thing today. When we refer to the ‘modern perspective’ what we are actually referring to is the collective agreement of the majority of people alive today (or the people we care about – people with power and influence – people who are respected and thought knowledgeable). Nothing has fundamentally changed with regards to the way the human animal works since the days of the inquisition. What has evolved is our collective model of the universe, it’s maybe more practical, predictable and ‘useful’. Notice I’m deliberately not saying, more correct – not any closer to the” truth” necessarily. No closer to meeting the human races collective objective – whatever that ends up being.

The debate continues. So, go forth and share the madness in an enlightened, positive and uplifting way (or don’t it’s your choice), but tread carefully. Your madness may end up changing humanity forever. History is littered with the corpses of people we consider geniuses today, but in their own time were considered insane madmen. They were tortured, vilified, ostracized and any other ‘ized’,’ied’ or ‘ured’ you could imagine. Others became legends, immortalized in human history; the stuff of legend.

One of the most famous people put to death for their radical ideas (or simply because they annoyed too many people) is the Greek philosopher Socrates. I have a consent reminder of Socrates on my desk at work in the form of a small marble bust. It’s staring at me right now as I write this, peering through at me from the digital nothingness; it feels as if he’s smiling at me through the cold stone somehow imbuing the in-organic white stone with his life force.

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Ten Steps to Be the Best Gothic Mad Hatter

Do you desire to be the best Gothic Mad Hatter for the next Halloween or the next costume event that you are attending? Well, it is quite simple so you are going to have to follow these ten steps very carefully because you do not want to miss a thing!

Firstly, the meaning of gothic or to dress Goth is something that you might be more familiar with than you think you are. The exciting part about gothic dressing is that some might consider it to be erotic so you can play the part as much or as little as you want! You are going to be completely covered up so while you are the gothic mad hatter, you won’t be you! That’s what is fun about dressing up because you get to be someone or something else for a short period of time…..or however long you want; whatever floats your boat! Ok, getting back to gothic dressing:

Many Goth dressers wear a lot of black and dark make up, so that will be essential to this costume. Black is usually very flattering on people, so whether you are thin or plus size, this costume is still great for you. Gothic is classified as having crimped hair, but in these days you can have your hair however you want it (we’ll get into that) and it should work for the costume. You can always get a wig if you want, of course.
Let’s get into the steps to be the best gothic Mad Hatter.

1) I recommend seeing the movie Alice in Wonderland. You can watch the original Alice or the New Alice in Wonderland that just came out. I highly recommend it because I thought it was going to just be a remake and it wasn’t, to my surprise. Watch the movie or watch you tube clips of how to be the Mad Hatter! You are going to need some, if not all of the Mad Hatter’s personality traits to pull him off so people will know you are the Mad Hatter. There are tons of resources to get that information. You must play the part.

2) Get your black eyeliner out! Whether you are a man or a woman, this is essential to the costume and any gothic costume or outfit you choose to wear. Start out by applying black eyeliner. You can either apply the eyeliner on the bottom of your eye or your entire eye. I don’t recommend just putting it on the top because you need to be more dramatic. Especially if you are a guy, you need to put it on the bottom.

3) Next comes the black eye shadow. The surrounding your eye must be black. You can either use the eyeliner to have this effect, or you can apply the black eye shadow to create the shadowy effect. For a very gothic look, and I would only recommend this to pro-Goths or more experienced Goths, if you will, liquid eyeliner. Liquid eyeliner works great, but you run the risk of smudging, newbies, so be careful with this one. There are tons of different shapes and designs you can make around your eyes with the proper tools. That might have to be another article all together! When you are done with this step, apply mascara.

4) Skin: If you can make your skin as fair as possible, that would help the gothic look that you are trying to pull off. Using white powder or some kind of costume make up will do the trick. If you can’t make your skin pale, that’s OK…it’s just a plus…it can also cover up any blemishes you might have which always works out great for me!!

5) Check out the Mad Hatter Top hat. That is definitely needed and it will complete your costume. (See link below)

6) Next is your outfit. Black Black Black!! You can never go wrong with dressing in black when you are the Gothic Mad Hatter. Whether it is a dress if you are a girl, or pants which are more on the tight end for guys. There are actually many different types of Goth looks that you can be. There is the romantic Goth, there is the punk Goth. You have to really determine the type you want to be for either your costume or the character that you want to play in life in general. Discover that now, or it will happen naturally over time. Also, adding other dark colors will be grand, like dark velvet and dark reds.

7) As far as your hair, if you have dark hair, that’s great, but again, not required. When you’re Goth, originality will make you stand out! Some Goths put strands of different colors in their hair which is always fun. You don’t have to do this, it is just a bonus. For costumes, there are tons of products that can temporarily color your hair. Even if it lasts a couple more days after, you will have that memory with you and have a piece of your costume for a few extra days which is cool too!

8) Accessorize. Accessories such as the infamous choker, bracelets, earrings, gloves, and goggles are also big too. If you’d like to add some lace and ribbons to your robe, that would be good too. If you have black books to go with any outfit, those will be the best – and they are pretty comfortable for your night out too.

9) Look at other photos of famous gothic people. Theda Bara from the 1900s, Bettie Page, Morticia Addams (The Adam’s Family!), David Bowie, or even Adam Lambert! These are all people that you can mimic their styles and learn their gothic ways!

10) Number ten is very important and will get you in the mood for your costume…….and that is: listen to gothic music while you are preparing for your party or night out as the gothic mad hatter! Lycia, Trance to the Sun, Blutengel are just a few that you can listen to.

I am sure if you follow the steps above you will pull off the Gothic Mad Hatter. Time and time again it will work and you will find things that you might want to add or take away from these ideas. The Goth outfits are constantly changing so be sure to stay with the times and read up on the latest styles. You don’t want to be considered a poser!

Go here to see more examples of the Gothic Mad Hatter [] and other costume ideas. I’d like to hear back from you for more ideas to make this a perfect Mad Hatter Halloween! The Mad Hatter Top Hats will be found there as well.

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Website Traffic Tips – 5 Things That Make Google Mad

When it comes to increasing traffic to your website, you want to bring in as much traffic as possible and this will involve understanding how Google works. As the top search engine, Google is very important to anyone looking for Website traffic.

If you want to be successful with traffic, you need to know how to avoid making common mistakes with Google. Sometimes people make these mistakes because they have received bad advice online or from other sources about how to get traffic online.

Here are 5 things that make Google mad:

1. Using black-hat SEO tactics. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. There are many “techniques” out there that promise you high rankings that might not be legitimate. Google will not be happy about these sneaky techniques.

2. Use thousands of backlinks from poor quality, low value websites. More backlinks does not equal better backlinks and can actually hurt you with Google ranking. Avoid link circles and other schemes to get more clicks to your sites.

3. Ignore the Google TOS. It sounds like a given but this is one of the fastest ways to make Google mad. Their TOS is there for a reason and when you don’t follow it, it quickly shows that you don’t care about their guidelines.

4. Use software that sends thousands of FFA link sites for you. This will immediately get you a penalty from Google.

5. Build a poor site with no real value to the visitor. When you have a poor site with no real interest to the viewers or with false information, it will cause Google to be displeased with your site immediately. There’s almost no quicker way to hurt your ranking.

Now that you know these 5 things that make Google mad, you can be sure to avoid these while boosting your own traffic. Many people believe that in the coming months and years, Google will continue to get stricter on the content and the methods that people try to use to increase website traffic. While we can’t say for certain, we do know that you don’t want to make Google mad so following these guidelines is highly recommended.

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