Negotiating the Real World of Shifting Reality - The Bipolar Question of the Week

John McManamy Health Guide
  • As you may know, I’ve been working on a novel, not to make any money (most likely I won’t), but because I had a novel in me demanding to come out. Most of us can suppress this urge, but, no, not me.


    Anyway, the novel is based around the idea that reality is not what it appears to be. Forget about what you think is important - our only purpose in life is to make God laugh. If you can laugh along, you will be a lot happier as a result. God, after all, is the one who sees the banana peel we are about to slip on. Our main character’s life is humming along just fine, for instance, until he finds that his wife is really secretly running the world as the head of a secret sisterhood that would like to have him dead.

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    This sort of thing happens to all of us, of course. We’re minding our own business - wham! - our reality shifts. Six-and-a-half years ago, for instance, I was married and living in New Jersey, about to buy a Thanksgiving turkey. Ten days later, I was separated and living in California. Just when we think we have things figured out - wham! - life happens.


    Add to this the fact that we are all living in some kind of relationship with the reality of crazy. Our population, especially. Yes, we’re crazy, but is that because we’re really crazy or is it because crazy is a normal reaction to an insane world or because our view of reality is simply a minority one? I once told a roomful of clinicians that to me they all had flat affect. You should have seen their looks, like I was the one who was crazy. What initiated the remark was that they looked totally surprised when I told them I didn’t want to be like them.


    I just happen to be reading Harry Potter for the first time. I finally get it. We’re wizards and witches. The rest of the world are muggles. You have to pity them, really.


    Anyway, I was wondering about your views on all of this. Here we go. Question:


    Your experiences with changing realities. Tell us about it.


    Have fun with your answers. Comments below ... 

Published On: May 19, 2013