I am truly starting to believe that madness is the gateway to genius. I have read about many remarkable people throughout the years, and most of them seem to share a singular trait in common: a touch of madness. Now, when I say this I don’t mean to say that they are insane. The insane live in a reality all of their own, and are not aware of their illness. A mad person is fully aware of the condition of their mind, and many embrace this fact and use it to their own benefit. Most people do not understand the potential of madness, or the profound gifts that it can unleash. Some of the figures in history who used their madness to unlock profound genius are: Napoleon Bonaparte, Victor Hugo, Vincent Van Gogh, George Orwell, Alfred Hitchcock, Salvador Dali, John Steinbeck, Genghis Khan, Gore Vidal, Mozart, St. Augustine, Joseph Stalin, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Francisco Goya, among many others. These people have made an impact on history far beyond what many could have foreseen for them, and I believe that a strain of madness, or at least oddness, helped unleash many of their talents. By contrast these are some people who I believe were insane and had an impact on history: Nero, Adolph Hitler, Idi Amin, Lord Byron, Ivan the Terrible, The Marque De Sade, Joan of Arc, Torquemada, St. Paul. I am exploring the idea of madness and genius in my writings as of right now, and I am sure that I will talk about this subject at a later date. Just a mad little thought.