posted on Apr, 20 2009 @ 09:48 AM
Sanity is a matter of consensus. If you were running with Attila the Hun's crowd back in the Third Century, then mindless violence would be
perfectly "sane" and acceptable. Society itself decides what is right & wrong, what is good & evil, so your "sanity" just depends
on the society from which you spring. That which you consider sane may be perceived by another person as the depths of insanity, yes?
But, could a single image throw you completely out of whack relative to the rest of society? Many people are already close to the edge,
anyway, and it doesn't require much of a shove, so yes a single image could easily be the catalyst for a psychotic break, even if it's only a
temporary flight from sanity.
Remember the King of the Hill episode in which Hank accidentally witnessed his elderly mother having sex with some guy on a washing machine?
Hank went blind instantly, which was rather humorous, but that was a comedic exploration of a very real condition called hysterical
blindness — the mind is so repulsed by an image that the optical image processing center of the brain just shuts down.
There's also hysterical paralysis, hysterical deafness, and even the hysterical loss of speech, triggered by some combination of
anxieties, as well as a whole smorgasbord of other "instant craziness" conditions just waiting out there for each of us.
So, yeah, a single image might drive you crazy, just as a sudden noise might cause you to have a heart attack. Who knows what will trigger the
next serial killer or school-shooter, eh?
We're reactive creatures, we react to external stimuli. Some of us get carried away, some of us just shrug it off.
— Doc Velocity