How I Became A Madman Inspirational Story By Kahlil Gibran

How I Became A Madman Inspirational Story By Kahlil Gibran

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You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen — the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven lives — I ran mask less through the crowded streets shouting, “Thieves, thieves, the cursed thieves.” Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me.

And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house-top cried, “He is a madman.” I looked up to behold him; the sun kissed my own naked face for the first time. For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, “Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks.”

Thus I became a madman. And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.

But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief.

The normal person wears masks in order to function in society, to maintain  self-identity in a world that corrodes the self and redefines it for its  collective purpose. To act without a mask, to think and speak and behave without  this veil of illusion, without Maya interposed before one’s eyes, is to be mad.  To lose these masks, to be true to self and therefore true to nature and  reality, is to be free. This freedom, taken against society, has its risk of  loneliness and misunderstanding, but it safeguards intuition and self from the  intolerant masses and their expectation of conformity, of mask-wearing.

Source:- The Madman: His Parables and Poems (Classics Edition)