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In my life, I try to step out onto the battlefield every day. Every time a curve ball is thrown at me, I swing. Even if I swing and miss, I know that I am now a little bit more prepared for the upcoming pitch. I know people who shy away from anything that may seem out of the ordinary. They never take the initiative and their whole existence becomes monotonous and habitual, day in and day out. Seal, in his 1991 megahit, "Crazy," characterizes this idea in one fell swoop: "But we're never gonna survive unless, we get a little crazy…" What's survival without living? Without getting a little crazy?
It seems that Gnarls Barkley and Seal have very similar understandings of the word "crazy." By contrast, Pierre Bouvier, the lead singer and songwriter of the Canadian band Simple Plan, describes "crazy" in a totally different manner. In their song, "Crazy," he sings, "Tell me what's wrong with society, When everywhere I look I see, Young girls dying to be on TV, They won't stop 'til they've reached their dreams, Diet pills, surgery Photoshop pictures in magazines, Telling them how they should be, It doesn't make sense to me, Is everybody going crazy?" It seems that he is referring to people who are committing mindless actions without thinking for one second about what they're doing or the ramifications those actions can have. These people are plummeting downward into a materialistic abyss that's filled with the heightened emphasis on outside appearances and the outrageous routes they must take to get there. These people are acting in a crazy fashion. However, their craziness can best be defined as insanity, as they've allowed their entire lives to be dictated by what society or the media has deemed "hip." And that's a bad crazy.
A person has to strive to get the level where he or she doesn't really care what "John Q. Public" has to say about them. Learn to enjoy the type of craziness that allows you to live your life the way you want to live it. Because that's the best crazy of all.