Originally posted on The Bridge of Silver Wings 2014:
(Rumi Visions II CD cover art by Marvin Mattelson)
I think of Genius and Madness as being very much like a twin brother and sister. And it doesn’t really matter which one we call the brother, or which we describe as the sister, for one simple reason. Within the universe of the extraordinary, those qualities we designate to human concepts of gender are often shared, exchanged, or even completely obliterated. Because of this mixture of traits, these twins called Genius and Madness often appear to be the same thing.
They both have a tendency to blur the lines of what we call norms, or established reality. They both, when we study that grand tapestry known as history and modern-day society, tend to stand out in much bolder relief than other figures. Neither Genius nor Madness ever look upon the world as a finished product. Both tend to…
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