1) Extreme foolishness or irrationality
2) A deranged state of mind usually occurring from a specific disorder
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
I keep being told that there is a fine line between genius and insanity. I’d like to believe that I am more genius than insane but, when I examine my life, I do wonder…
We all have moments of irrationality, when we behave in a manner which we wouldn’t usually. I have found myself thinking, “No one in their right mind would be doing THIS… What AM I doing…”, more times than I care to count over the years, but I can usually find the reason why if I think long enough (‘Risk Taking’ comes up fairly often; what fun is life without risks??).
But what about the times that you do exactly the same thing, and still expect things to work out differently? Is it insanity? Is it just plain stupidity? I grew up being told that I must always try, “…for if you don’t persevere, you’ll never get it right!” Is this what the well meaning adults in my life meant, for me to keep doing the same thing again and again?
I wonder how many times I have uttered the words, “I should have known…” or, “I knew this would happen…”. Sometimes I can’t help but think I would have seen things coming, if only I’d thought more carefully. How many chances, for example, should you give people to get things right? How many times should you forgive, before you decide that it would be insanity to let them try again?
When does risk taking become insane? When does forgiveness become stupidity? Help me out here…