A man of moderate means and average lifestyle woke up one morning with a sense of emptiness and longing. He realized that he wasn't satisfied with his ordinary life and knew that he needed something more. He reasoned that he couldn't find it himself, or he already would have, so he decided to go for help. He went to a man that everyone had told him was quite wise.
He approached the wise man and described his dilemma. He said he wanted to know a deeper appreciation of life, a way of living that was different from the ordinary. The wise man listened to the average man carefully and was moved by his plight. Since he found the average man both sane and sensible, he told the average man that he would accept him as a student. He told the average man that the first step was to delve deeply into his psyche in order that he would know the average man better. This, the wise man did.
What the wise man found both started and dismayed him. The average, sane man wasn't sane at all. He was actually deeply disturbed. In fact, so much so that the wise man felt great concern for his future well being. However, it wasn't the insanity itself that so unsettled the wise man, but it's manifestation. The average man's form of insanity was the appearance of perfect sanity. The delusion he lived in was one of of being an average and sensible man, with a wife, children, and a moderate income. He worked hard at a simple job and seemed reasonably happy and healthy. He was an insane man living a perfectly sane life.
The wise man was at a loss as to what he should do. He could cure the man of his insanity of course, but since his insanity was to be perfectly sane, the wise man wasn't sure what this would lead to. After all, what is the sanity at the root of a sane insanity? He realized that he could not solve this problem alone, so he went to his wise man, a Guru.
The wise man's Guru listened quietly to the wise man's story. She only nodded carefully a couple of times but seemed neither dismayed not alarmed by what she was told. When the wise man had finished, his Guru asked him, "How many sane men or women have come to you?". "Well", the wise man paused for a moment, "none at all actually". "The only people who seek me out are those with emotional and psychological problems, this was the first who appeared to be perfectly sane". The Guru nodded quietly at this response, as though she expected it, and asked "How many people like this average, but insane man would you say they are in the world?". The wise man thought very carefully about this and replied that he thought there must be very few since a world of insane people acting perfectly sane would indeed be an insane place. The Guru simply smiled at this response, as though she once again expected it, and then replied:
"It would explain a lot".
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