Chapter 6 pg 162

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Chapter 6 pg 162

5 comments on “Chapter 6 pg 162

  1. Patrick Smith on said:

    This is a very powerful portrayal. Accurate enough that it’s hard for me to read, if you can find a way to take that as a complement. It’s the kind of story I’d tell if I was comfortable with that time in my life. So there. I wish I could storytell as you do.

    You know, sending Schitzo people home when they stabilize is actually a terrible idea. That’s exactly the point at which real progress can be made towards building the kind of stablity that can endure in the world.

    Also… Campbell said mystics are those who learn to swim in the waters where others drown. “Crazy” will always be a part of me, but I believe it can be a strength if addressed with respect. And a healthy amount of caution. Maybe it’s something it’s possible to learn, if one can go nuts and surivie for a long enough time.

  2. Thank you. :-) I know it’s difficult to read at times, but I guess that all comes with me wanting to describe everything as accurately as possible…and I do think I came out of my own experience having learned something…either about what’s “behind the veil” or perhaps just about healing and redemption…

  3. Patrick Smith on said:

    I ran into a friend, years after I got past the worst of it, who was speaking in that “word salad” mode. You know, every sentence makes sense, and connects just fine to the one before it and the one after, but when you try to understand what he’s saying…

    It hurt me. In a litereal sense, it hurt to try to wrap my mind around that. I figured out I was not up to dealing with “the crazy” at that time. I’m grateful you’ve given me the opportunity to meet it again — I feel stonger and maybe it’s finally time for me to face it. Plus, from the inside it’s an amazingly epic story. From the outside it’s all, “Gah. Tree.” But I wouldn’t mind thinking about how to tell my experience.

    I have been remiss in complementing your art. Let me correct that: It’s AWESOME. I like when you capture the frumpiness occasionally in Jeremy without letting it define him. It brings a feel of reality to the story that I really like. I like his joy, you know? That’s my favorite part.

    I tried to get my friend help. But he was going paranoid. We weren’t close, and I lost touch. I don’t know what happened to him.

  4. Patrick Smith on said:

    Please forgive me rambling, but I would really like to share this theory.
    Going crazy like this… it’s essentially extreme cognitive flexibility. It’s like waking up one morning suddenly double jointed. The mind can absorb a lot more information; the scene where Jeremy talks about listening to music is the perfect example. If it were possible to compare subjective experiences, I bet you would find he experiences the music much more fully than most of his peers. The mind is more flexible, and can wrap itself more closely around the experience.

    I see that also in Jeremy’s experience of school. He has fewer filters. I’ll be honest, it’s still painful for me to be around somebody in denial. Some one who is lying to others or (even worse) lying to themselves? It’s a very nearly physical pain. … I don’t go out much. Denial and ignorance are really commonplace here in Texas.

    The trouble is that this enhanced flexibility comes with an enhanced weakness. Because the mind is absorbing so much information, it’s easy to notice patterns that don’t exist. Or to detect a pattern no one else can percieve and leap to conclusions about what it means. And the person is still subject to human weaknesses: denial, assumptions, insecurity. Add to that the stress of facing misunderstanding from loved ones and typical social cruelty, as well as having no frame of reference for what they are going through.

    I wish I had grown up in a culture with a shaman tradition. I look at all the gifts I’ve drawing from what others deem an illness, the same gifts Jeremy could offer. Lateral thinking, creativity and imagination. Detachment from the standards of popularity. The ability to consider things rejected by social norms. A deep connection to music and art. Even all those gods and spirits he’s surrounded by … anthropomorhpization of abstract concepts and issues is a powerful tool for understanding an oft incociveable world.

    The challenge is getting to a place where the overwhelming influx of information doesn’t overwhelm. Where one can have bizarre insights (“she’s a demon!”) and not get carried away by them (“I know rationally she’s not a demon. Why would that thought occur to me? What is my mind communitcating by telling me she’s a demon? Perhaps I should not trust this person?”). To be rationally insane.

    So to speak.

    Gah, hope I’m not going too far here. I’m conscious of the fact that I can’t always tell.

  5. Patrick C on said:

    “Rationally insane”, I like it. The idea of grasping what’s going on inside your head, whether it seems rational or not, and to be able to think about it- meta-cognition, I believe it’s called. To keep calm and open-minded even in internal/mental chaos.

    As for the comic, I’m reading all of it this morning in one sitting, at once “not liking it”, as it’s not my cup of tea you might say, but also feeling very enriched by the experience. My own experiences with the mind and even the perception of the supernatural aside, I’m very much appreciating the insight into, well, this other sort of perception of reality.

    It’s brought up for me a lot of stuff to think about- things not directly related to the comic itself or your purposes with it. Things regarding the style the comic is drawn in, and what I associate with it from childhood- how that all relates to how I see myself these days, etc.

    At any rate, it’s proven itself to be very worth the reads, so thanks for taking the time to male it, and for sharing all of this stuff with us, who you don’t know. Thanks so much.

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