The Greatness of Crazy.

To be mad and desirous of everything, to never yawn or say a commonplace thing.

Then again, we’d probably still have them around if they’d shagged more often.

Seniors are always asked “What would you have done differently?” The majority say they wished they’d had more fun. “I should have jumped on a tramp steamer,” one old man confessed. “Hell, I’ve lived a boring life.”

“You take your life in your hands,” he said, although nobody’s actually been killed or maimed by spit. It just grosses you out.

If Charles Bukowski’s novels were half as autobiographical as he claimed, he had a lot of fun being crazy. His campus readings got so out of hand, he was throwing bottles of beer to the audience. Universities today would have had him banned but, back then, Bukowski had a strong following.

Part of humor is learning to take things in stride. Without that, you’ve got students spitting at Alan Dershowitz.

John Cleese stopped doing university gigs, saying they’re “too politically correct for humor.” Jerry Seinfeld avoids them, so does Chris Rock.

Newspapers are simply there to remind us what can happen if we blink.

Yet even when Monty Python was successful, Terry Gilliam still had to save the original tapes from being erased by the BBC. They needed tapes. Monty Python was expedient. When humor and craziness become expedient, it isn’t long before you’ve got whole societies spitting like camels.

Keeping out the crazies doesn’t purify an institution or the individuals expecting to making their way in the world.

Elon Musk was considered crazy with Tesla. Now it’s the second largest electric carmaker in the world. Genius will out. Popularity seems to be the dividing line between crazy and genius. Invent something people need and they don’t want to lock you up anymore. They give you speaking engagements instead.



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Robert Cormack

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.