Feb 10, 2015 | Five Men with Mental Illness who Changed the World | Samantha Moore
"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence - whether much that is glorious - whether all that is profound - does not spring from disease of thought - from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect."
This is my first post with Please Live; with my first blog my desire is to showcase men throughout history who have changed the world while living with the challenge of mental illness. The purpose here is not to glorify mental illnesses, but rather to show how even those of us who struggle daily can make a lasting impact in the world. Our suffering does not have to limit us by confining us to our beds or locking ourselves away in our houses. These men lived in times when treatment for mental illnesses were ineffective or nonexistent, and they still managed to live lives worthy of history books.
Society still misunderstands mental illness and the mentally ill as a whole. We're still labeled as crazy. Some of us simply perceive the world around us differently. My hope is that the stories of these men will inspire you, despite your inner battles, and will remind you that life is worth living even with a mental illness. [...]
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