The Mad Hatter: “Have I gone mad?”
Alice: I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.
-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; not conforming to standards of thought, speech, and action derived by the conformants from study of themselves; at odds with the majority; in short, unusual. It is noteworthy that persons are pronounced mad by officials destitute of evidence that they themselves are sane.
-Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
On my first day at my new school, I was terrified. All of a sudden, I was surrounded by people who could remember every detail from a history textbook, who could be dancing one minute and acing a test the next, and who were fuelled by a true love of learning. Every tip I’d found on Google about making new friends (yeah, I actually Googled that) flew right out of my brain and left behind an insignificant new girl who didn’t even know her way to the cafeteria.
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From the moment we are born and declared engineers/doctors to the moment we die and are taken by Yama, all of us Indians experience the quirkiness of India with combined mortification and fondness. We’ve got an arsenal of inside jokes that no foreigner can ever hope to understand, and that’s not just because of our thick accents. What to do, we are like that only.
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Only one’s own mind is sure to exist. Anything outside one’s own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside of the mind. -Theory of Solipsism
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” -Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
To be honest, I don’t even remember turning twelve. But according to my calendar, I’m going to be 18 in exactly 18 days and I think this calls for an ostentation of the (pointless) information I’ve acquired so far.
- Regardless of whether you’re 2 or 62, your parents are still going to pull your cheeks and call you their little baby. (“Stop mom, you’re embarrassing me in front of my friend/ boyfriend/ husband/ boss/ kids/ grandkids.”)
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“Listen. Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?” -Mary Oliver
Across the brook, the majestic oak stands,
Reaching up for sky yet rooted to ground.
At its feet, a little squirrel is found,
And upon its branches, a sparrow lands.
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In the desperate hope of actually progressing in life, I make a to-do list every morning.
Here’s what yesterday’s to-do list looked like-
- Study two chapters of physics
- Register at a library
- Get your butt off the couch and do some exercise
- Explore the nearby park
- Write a blog post about how remarkably productive you are (or something along those lines)
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“If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.” -Bertrand Russell
Remember that scene from Pirates of the Caribbean where Elizabeth faints and falls into the sea because her corset is suffocating her?
Six-year-old Anjali (with incredible wisdom that seems to have degenerated with age) said, “Why would you even do that to yourself?”
Fast forward ten years and sixteen-year-old Anjali feels like fainting and falling into a sea. She is wearing 5-inch high heels at a dance party. If you were to look at her from bottom to top, it would be the greatest anticlimax of the century. Her stilettos make her legs look five times better than they actually are, but her face is twisted in barely concealed agony.
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