Society strives to homogenize and protect its citizens, often to the point of erasing individuality, creativity, and genius. How much should we control? How little? Can one control their mental illness and still be the same person with the same passions and creativity? These are difficult and perhaps unanswerable questions.

Rachel, this piece is interesting and thought-provoking. You relate to mental illness on a personal level and in a broader context, evaluating the agony and ecstasy of it with compassion.

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