Quoted, R.D. Laing

Insanity — a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.

Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.

Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent.

We are all murderers and prostitutes – no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.

There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain.

We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love.

Whether life is worth living depends on whether there is love in life.

Alienation as our present destiny is achieved only by outrageous violence perpetrated by human beings on human beings.

There is no such condition as schizophrenia, but the label is a social fact and the social fact a political event.

Children do not give up their innate imagination, curiosity, dreaminess easily. You have to love them to get them to do that.

What we call ‘normal’ is a product of repression, denial, splitting

, projection, introjection and other forms of destructive action on experience. It is radically estranged from the structure of being. The more one sees this, the more senseless it is to continue with generalized descriptions of supposedly specifically schizoid, schizophrenic, hysterical ‘mechanisms.’ There are forms of alienation that are relatively strange to statistically ‘normal’ forms of alienation. The ‘normally’ alienated person, by reason of the fact that he acts more or less like everyone else, is taken to be sane. Other forms of alienation that are out of step with the prevailing state of alienation are those that are labeled by the ‘formal’ majority as bad or mad.

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