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#ThoughtExperiment – Madness / The Coal Mine / 14.01.21

Perhaps the label of ‘madness’
That we often apply
To people with mental health issues
Is also a kind of sensitivity.

Perhaps these people are just more sensitive
(less well adapted?)
To the craziness of their surroundings
Which is to say
The craziness of our world.

Perhaps,
They are canaries
In a vast,
Everchanging
And very scary coal mine. 

And, instead of calling them mad,
We should consider what it is
That they are reacting to.

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