I am watching an SG-1 episode and I really like how thoughtful it is in pointing out different points of view. In this episode Daniel is infected by an alien virus that causes him to appear insane. Then the proof finally comes when it goes away from him.
It brings things into sharp focus when you see in a story the assumptions of how reality is. I like how Daniel wasn’t crazy, but didn’t have a good experience with people who are only trained to see crazy. I see very often in daily life that people disregard others and consider them crazy because they don’t fit into their idea of what life is. I like that in this episode mental illness is shown realistically in that the person who is perceived can’t show they aren’t crazy.
We all have our own beliefs and ideas that if we were to verbalize would seem crazy. It is crazy when a beautiful woman thinks she is fat, or when a smart man considers he is dumb. Often the only difference between people who are considered crazy and those who aren’t, is that as a society we perceive certain things as crazy.