Much Madness is Divinest Sense
by Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1866)
Much Madness is divinest Sense –
To a discerning Eye –
Much Sense – the starkest Madness –
’Tis the Majority
In this, as all, prevail –
Assent – and you are sane –
Demur – you’re straightway dangerous –
And handled with a Chain –
Adults teach children to be themselves, life teaches adults to be like everyone else.
As the Japanese say, “The nail that sticks up gets hammered down.”
And as Pink! said,
“L.A. told me, ‘You’ll be a pop star
All you have to change is everything you are.'”
These people overthink but that’s better than the opposite.