Make Your Own Window

Starting with Much Madness is Divinest Sense by Emily Dickenson:

Much madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.
’Tis the majority
In this, as all, prevails.
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur, — you’re straightaway dangerous,
And handled with a chain.

I recently learned of the term “Overton Window,” which is a concept that totally made sense as I was reading about it. In brief, it’s the “socially acceptable” range of discourse allowed. Topics outside the Overton Window often cause discomfort to folks who are used to whatever is in the Overton Window.

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I Think the Needle Needs to Point in the Opposite Direction.

Adults tell children “No, you can’t do that. Stop that. Put that down. Don’t put that in your mouth. Only one cookie. No ice cream after eight. No watching five episodes of Battlestar Galactica in a row” and when kids object, adults tell them “When you live in your own house and pay your own bills, you can make your own rules.”

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