“Usually people who do bad things make good writers.I did a lot of bad things, which is why my novels are interesting.” ~Jakucho Setouchi,novelist-turned-Buddhist nun.
“Am I crazy?” she asked. “I feel like I am sometimes.”
“Maybe,” he said, rubbing her forehead. “But don’t worry about it. You need to be a little bit crazy. Crazy is the price you pay for having an imagination. It’s your superpower. Tapping into the dream. It’s a good thing not a bad thing.”
― Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being
Don’t be afraid of bad. No one is born with an only good conscience. What we call life, is not a discretely staged play of learning, applying, and dying. Each one of us is actively building our own set of rules, filters, conditions, and virtues as we live through that one more experience. And no one can predict an experience in a world where we depend on so many other beings for and outcome.
So don’t be afraid of ‘the bad’, to be ‘the bad’ sometimes; because it is bad only when you’ve experienced it yourself (you won’t remember it any other way – try it:-).
Don’t be afraid of ‘the crazy’, to be ‘the crazy’ sometimes; because without a ‘hint of the crazy mint’, you are as good as dead – an inanimate, nonparticipating ‘chalta hai’ (all is well) object flailing its way through the beauty of a human life to quickly rush to a symbolic death.
Don’t be afraid of the not-conforming. Because there is only one set of rules to conform to – your basic rights as a privileged human sharing this planet with many others just like you; and your basic responsibilities as a world citizen to be conscious of others like you, be respectful, and create rich experiences that will live forever in talks, books, smells, scarves, and hugs (you will not outlive a hug – try it:-)