There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. That wasn’t only claimed by Aristotle but modern science today,says so too. A high correlation has been observed between creativity and mental illness. People with schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and autism, tend to be very creative.
The ‘mad-geniuses’ see the world quite differently than ordinary people. They observe and analyse even the minor details that most people ignore. Not only they perform ordinary tasks in unusual ways, but they do unusual things in ordinary ways. They do their own ‘thinking’ rather than blindly following others. These are the people with surprises up their sleeves. They are different and unique and whatever they do is the manifestation of their very own personality.
History is thronged with those mad geniuses. Newton, Einstein, Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Emily Dickinson, Jane Austin, Mark Twain, Alexander Graham Bell, Bertrand Russell and many other great minds are said to have suffered from Asperger’s syndrome. Darwin, Nicola Tesla, Michelangelo, Beethoven, Samuel Johnson suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. John Nash, a brilliant Mathematician suffered from schizophrenia. Virginia Woolf, Vincent Van Gogh suffered from Bipolar Disorder.
Most of the History’s Geniuses, were pretty ‘mad’, but the world we live in now, with all its technological and Medical Advancements, we owe it to those Geniuses and their insanity. Their craziness played a huge part in their inventions and creations. Sylvia Plath one of the most influential poet of last century, who suffered from depression nearly all her life said ‘when you’re insane, you’re busy being insane all the time, when I was crazy,that’s all I was’.
Perhaps, if all those artists, scientists, writers and creative minds of the past didn’t suffer from mental maladies, the world would have been a quite different place.