"If we look closely at the essence of art (and more generally philosophy, and science), we can analytically see the similarity between creativity (or more specifically genius), and madness. Creativity brings the otherworldly, as in either subjective fantasy, or hitherto unknown truth. Meaning that the genius must delve into the unknown to bring it to the attention of society. By nature of knowing something that the masses do not know, the creative are aberrant, meaning they diverge from common experience."(Kuro5hin | Pharmaceuticals and the Death of Art )
:: note :: . . . this idea first took hold during my teens with David Cooper and R.D. Laing . . . The Grammar of Living dedicated to the mad poets and the poetic madmen was a cherished read . . . went to the bookshelf to hold the now yellowing pages & found others :
"There is no hope
There is only permanent struggle
That is our hope
That is a first sentence
In the language of madness".
(The Language of Madness)