Self Explanation

Now, many people puzzle over what the schizophrenic sees, but that same mind that ponders such mysteries in the other, is the same that ponders hallucination when it comes upon the self.

So that much as any other, when the schizophrenic becomes aware of this new world, it’s natural to try to explain it to oneself, much as any rational mind would, upon encountering a new environment.

I remember wondering to myself, if that maybe my mind was somehow interpreting subconscious cues in the environment, in perhaps a more abstract way, and that I had never previously noticed, because I wasn’t looking. Similar to when an individual drives on a long trip and finds themselves on a strange highway, but only sees where they are because they decided to look at a map.

So I puzzled, if there were individual details in the environment, amalgamating into higher concepts, that were I not hallucinating, I would not have taken the time to notice in detail.

Now, I doubt this is the case, and it is certainly not our best scientific explanation, but it points out, that what we see in the madman, is not quite so different than any sane person’s effort to make sense of madness, but the insane does so in the first person.

And unlike civilization, which has many individuals working in concert, to comprehend nature, the schizophrenic does so alone, often times with very little opportunity to develop knowledge of the same with others who see the same. There is no mad journal of the madman, except maybe a few religious texts, scattered across time and civilization.

But the schizophrenic is not speaking of someone who is hallucinating and trying to make sense of what the madman sees, but are themselves hallucinating, and trying to explain it to themselves.

There are some processes which humans face that are akin, but not perfectly the same, that most can relate to or at least imagine.

Being immersed in a foreign culture, with no grasp of the language, which is a situation many have faced. For quite some time, one would sound like an idiot as they struggled to make sense of the surroundings anew. But over time, and hopefully, they would master the surroundings again, gaining a firm grasp of the language and the culture. Though anyone who thought about it for more than a moment would see, that the person is merely learning a new language and culture.

An even simpler analogy, if not almost simplistic, would merely be that of a baby learning the environment and the world. It takes quite some time before they can even babble a word, let alone cognize the environment as we would, but no one would doubt the mind inside.

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