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Rhizome
:: Posted by albemuth on February 25, 2014

I think this was just another of Robertís overly matter-of-fact statements.  He probably knows that madness is not a choice and entails terrible suffering.  In any case, in a world gone mad, at least some of the people called mad have something to tell us: "If I could turn you on, if I could drive you out of your wretched mind, if I could tell you, Iíd let you know."


It's a mad mad mad mad world
:: Posted by DannyX on February 25, 2014

From the diary, two days previous: "And concerns with the personal wellbeing of a Circler on last weekís course in Caorle."


Going, goin, gone!
:: Posted by eggplant on February 25, 2014

Old school
:: Posted by emory0 on February 25, 2014

"which RF should accept and apologize for"

Well, I didnít perceive this as being any sort of bias, but just an old school (mis)understanding.

Back in the day, we used to think that people went "mad" because their thinking kind of went off. But now we know, for instance, that Schizophrenics (for instance) have a degenerative brain disease. Bipolar/manic depressives are not just people with a pessimistic personality, but their brain is also suffering a physical disorder. Seems thereís relatively little "crazy" left aside from physical disease.

Hello this is eggplant. I guess you know my family. I donít think I have a problem with any of the comments. Bobsí was just an observation made to an email sent to him. Fine, fine, fine.Just a word from the otherside.  W.S.K.


Old school
:: Posted by emory0 on February 25, 2014

"which RF should accept and apologize for"

Well, I didnít perceive this as being any sort of bias, but just an old school (mis)understanding.

Back in the day, we used to think that people went "mad" because their thinking kind of went off. But now we know, for instance, that Schizophrenics (for instance) have a degenerative brain disease. Bipolar/manic depressives are not just people with a pessimistic personality, but their brain is also suffering a physical disorder. Seems thereís relatively little "crazy" left aside from physical disease.

But I wouldnít necessarily expect Fripp to know that: Most people donít know that. Not knowing isnít something one needs to apologize for, is it? (Of course, I was kinda surprised by the term...)


Semantics
:: Posted by pgeall on February 25, 2014

Well, letís all deconstruct the semantics shall we -the phrase "going mad"  might have been a good diagnosis of mental illness in the 18th century. Its use nowadays is pretty insulting to many who suffer - which RF should accept and apologize for. Or are we too busy deconstructing?


Deconstruction of Light
:: Posted by davidly on February 25, 2014

Me & mine have redeemed & suffered our share of joy & madness in this lifetime and while Frippís comment raised an eyebrow, I donít find it in the least offensive. At any rate, if one were to deconstruct the semantics of the diary entry in question, along with the stated reactions, one could make the argument that those offended at the comment are not being any more exemplary in showing sympathy to the cause of mental illness than the diarist.

What is, after all, wrong with going mad? I mean, other than the fact that it is unpleasant for a great many people, we shouldnít have to tiptoe around the topic; that essentially maintains the stigma attached to it.

Let us wish the Crafty in question a healthful recovery -- and dare I say, a return to relative sanity.


foot in mouth
:: Posted by charlietip on February 25, 2014

oh dear Mr Fripp..thought you were better than that.


Mental Health
:: Posted by pgeall on February 24, 2014

"One of the crafty family has gone mad" - RF diary 26th Jan
Not a very sympathetic comment  that - hope his /her family donít read it.
Mental health issues  deserve more respect.


:: Posted by JBeerLTIA on February 24, 2014

Although it is only my high hopes singing out of sheer joy and happiness; I must say that seeing the words "Level Six" made me stop, then explode with euphoria, then try to calm myself down. The wait is already killing me! 7 months already feels like 7 years!


Presumably some women do like Crimson
:: Posted by throbber on February 24, 2014

Yesterdayís item on DGM news regarding social diseases combined with the description of the girlfriend problem here and this appalling revelation of pain following previous nightís mechanics  make one wonder if backstage of a Crimso gig is as austere a place as one might think. Perhaps later this year there will indeed be sticks of dynamite flushed down the loo during satanic rituals as the Seven Headed Beast Of Crim alternates consumption of tea and cream cakes with the de-flowering of numerous groupies. Let us hope all seven publish their diaries.


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