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"What's madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance?"

-Theodore Roethke, page 4

Madness...a truly awkward thing to ponder.  Roethke had his odd bouts with madness as a result of his conditions, but what he said makes sense.  The world around us dictates the norm and when someone goes against that norm to extremes they are viewed, quite often, as insane, wacky, or simply mad.

Circumstance is the world and its postion.  The nobility of the soul is when a person adheres to what he or she believes deep down with an unwavering conviction.  When someone's noble soul does not mesh with society's ideas then there is a friction.  Strength in number prevails most often, thus, the individual of noble soul will be crushed, at least in the public eye, by society's dictation.



Georgia Speer said:

Madness…this is tough to ponder. I was not sure how to take this quote at first, "What's madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance?" -Theodore Roethke, page 4 Madness is in the eye of the beholder, and if you believe with conviction, you can be anything…even noble. Circumstance we cannot change, it will be what it will be, what it comes down to is how we react to it, those that have the confidence, and maybe even arrogance can be what they want to be. So as the odds seem to find their way against circumstance it is in your own hands as to if you can surpass these obstacles or do you succumb to them. The madness will come if you are at odds with you soul, not the circumstances. We cannot change the circumstances, but we can control if we are at odds with these circumstances.

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