The Madman’s Ideas

This is a re-post from a Facebook post of mine.

The madman’s ideas are not taken seriously if the extraordinary experience is expressed in an ordinary way. However, if the madman possesses mastery over artistic expression the situation changes dramatically. The extraordinary experience becomes expressed in an extraordinary fashion. Thus, its power to convince those residing in the ordinary is infinitely greater. The previous insight capable of taking one into a new dimension can now take on a new life where a new dimension is opened up. A dimension where the ordinary are given access to the extraordinary. Art, then, is a place where things become understood. Such, I think, is the power of art.

About JoeL

I completed a Master of Music degree from McGill University. I am currently working towards an Artist Diploma also at McGill. I like to do philosophy as a hobby.

3 thoughts on “The Madman’s Ideas

  1. Tom Troeger is a well known homiletician and a professional flutist. Often (I’m told) he plays flute during or after his sermons. Often he hears feedback to the effect of “what you were saying really made sense while you were playing.” It’s not quite “madman” (though some may say that it’s crazy to play flute as a part of a sermon), but Is this an example of what you have in mind?


  2. I’m thinking of something more along the lines of how an idea, dressed up in art, can be much more potent than in its raw form of a few spoken sentences. I think this is why it’s hard to find a lot of art that can be said to be “mad” or “crazy.” The art, by virtue of its participation in a science of expression, can say “well” whatever it has to say. Art forms that are relatively new cannot yet enjoy the convincing power of its past because it has no past of a convinced audience.


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