Commentary on the genius and insanity present in daily life.
Welcome to the Fine Line.
Yes, as in the Fine Line Between Genius and Insanity. It has always seemed to me that of all the people I have known, the ones with the greatest degree of genius also come the closest to being truly insane. The correlation is too high for this to be a chance relationship. I wish I could say that I am the craziest person I know, but I must be blurring the line pretty well in trying to pull off this project.
Kidding aside, the Fine Line is a serious site about a serious set of chronic neurological disorders (CNDs, a.k.a. mental illnesses) that are seriously misunderstood and misperceived by our culture at large and by most of us individually. My hope for this site is that it can both teach and heal, depending on the visitor's needs. The Fine Line accepts submissions from people with CNDs who have a picture to paint or a story to tell. As a means of healing, then, it's a kind of art therapy. As public art therapy, I hope it will also be able to teach those without CNDs what it's like to be inside our heads and hearts and souls. Mental illness is so heavily stigmatized in our culture, no one wants to talk about it. That sort of ignorance only perpetuates the misunderstandings behind the stigma. Hopefully, the submissions to this site can help the family, friends, and colleagues of folk with CNDs gain some insight into our lives and thus help tear down the walls that get put in place out of ignorance, fear, and/or shame.
That is what the site is for. This blog, on the other hand, is my own personal soapboax/journal for stories ranging from commentaries on dealing with cultural stigmas and stereotypes about mental illnesses to more personal reflections on topics like how, at times, the most courageous act one can do is to simply get out of bed. My own personal hope for this blog is to be able to find the energy on a weekly basis to publish some story here. That's one of the Catch-22s of having a CND: the disorder and the side effects of the medications you take to cope with it are often so draining you hardly have the energy to do anything about it.
Comments, as always, are welcome.