Bifocal banter: madness

An excellent piece by my friend, Amanda. An absolute privilege to be mentioned in it!

Amanda Schlumpf

London, August 1, 2017

Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?”

Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, dramatist, invites us to ponder upon this question. The telescope enables us to see distant unreachable objects from close by; the microscope allows us to look deeply into the hidden workings of everything that is around us.

Both seem to show the obvious and simple, but reveal anything but that. They are merely magnifications.

In the end, our ordinary eyes and unconscious behaviour and bias see what they want to see. Everyone’s world has its own set of lenses.

As such, a friend of mine wrote a poem about madness, which subtly hints that madness is not really madness, but a sense of elevated perception. If we look closer into distance or proximity, there is no such thing as a grander view.



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