We live in a world that is, by every observable measure, going insane.
It occurs to me with every obvious incongruity, shouted maniacally and accepted as gospel truth.
It occurs to me whenever I see banality celebrated as genius, vulgarity hailed as art, and beauty denigrated as bigotry.
I think of it when I hear pleas for virtue dismissed as weakness and acts of vice lauded as justice.
What manner of madness is this? Did I miss something important when I looked up from the grindstone of daily family life, where right and wrong, sane and insane meant something totally different than they appear to mean now?
So I decided to look up the word sanity; just to make sure I hadn’t missed one of Merriam-Webster’s famous updates:
Sanity: The quality or state of being sane. Especially soundness or health of mind.
So it does still mean what I thought it meant. Soundness or health of mind used to mean an observable congruence, coherence, and harmony in thinking and reasoning.
Most days, I think I’m pretty sane, but what my troglodyte parents taught me is no longer considered good sense. It made me think of a quote I once saw quoted, but never knew where it came from. I did some clicking and learned that it is attributed to Kurt Vonnegut:
A sane person to an insane society must appear insane.~ from Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
*I have never read Welcome to the Monkey House. If anyone has, feel free to weight in because it isn’t in my queue.