I, Too, Have a Dream ...
I, too, have a dream "
That one day we will have our own holiday, Crazy Ones Day. You know, like the Apple Ad from 1997:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently "
You know, Einstein, Picasso, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, and - yes - Martin Luther King.
They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them "
I, too, have a dream "
That one day people will actually listen to us, nod their heads in amazement, look at us in wonder, and say, "Wow, I like the way you think."
Not only that "
"I want you to work for me." "I want to invest in your project." "I want to hang out with you." "I want to have your children."
Imagine that. A day for the crazy ones. Our time, our place. Why?
Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
I have a dream that one day everyone will realize that. Actually “get it.” We may not be Einstein. We may not be Picasso, Callas, Gandhi or King, but the world is a far better place, thanks to us.
But here we are, two centuries after the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, two decades after the Apple ad, and we the crazy are still not free. We are misunderstood, bullied, ignored, harassed, patronized, marginalized, and written off. We are shot at by the police, fired from our jobs, forced onto the streets, shunted into a barbaric medical system, jailed, cut off by our friends and loved ones, and consigned to the limbo of disability.
Screw that. I have a dream "
That’s the good thing about being crazy. We have the temerity to dream, to envision a better future, for ourselves and all humankind. One day the world will come to its senses. I’m crazy enough to believe that. Let’s keep dreaming. Let’s work to make it happen.
In honor of Martin Luther King, 1929-1968.
John is an author and advocate for Mental Health. He wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Depression and Bipolar Disorder.