Fiction Friday – 9 May 2008
This Week’s Theme: Using first person narration, logically describe something that is crazy.
I’ll tell you what madness is, true madness mind, not this pre-packaged, Big Pharma concoction that can be solved with a little yellow pill. No! Madness is doing the same thing over and over and over and over and over again and always always always getting the same results, the same results every time and never once even considering changing what you do. That’s crazy, that’s madness.
Sounds familiar doesn’t it? We’re all of us hamsters, constantly “squeak squeak squeak”, trying so hard but getting nowhere. All of us trundling along on the spot when we could just open our eyes.
I’m the only one who sees how it is. It’s like, like… I read this book, and there are these guys, and they live in a cave, an actual cave, and they were all tied up or something, and they could only see shadows, but one guy got out and he could see the sun, and so he came back and told everyone and they didn’t get it, they just couldn’t comprehend what the sun was. You see? Their limited perspective and tiny minds kept them shackled in that cave, but they treated him like he was the one with the problem!
No one gets it. No one else can see it clearly like I can. They tried… it’s the pills, they try to shut you down, stop you thinking, seeing things as they are, they want to tie you up in that cave, but once you’ve seen the sun you can’t go back to the cave, so they try to make you forget but you can’t forget, how can you forget when you’ve seen it, you’ve seen all of it.
So now I’m mad, that’s their considered verdict. Guess what? That’s fine by me, I embrace their scorn. Sometimes madness is simply knowing that you’re the only sane person in the asylum.
You’ve got to shake it up, cause a stir and get them to see! You see it, don’t you? You understand, I can make you see, I can make you, you will understand, right? Right?