OUR COLUMNIST AVILA SAYS ABOUT THE COURTAULD:

On why the Courtauld is ruled by spoiled baby boneheads… Beatrix Potter’s style.

Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter are four anthropomorphic characters from Beatrix Potter’s book “Peter Rabbit” published in 1902, in England. It describes the adventure of Peter in Mr. McGregor’s garden, who tries to kill the rabbit in a persecution around the grounds of his property. Peter almost ends up like its father, in Mrs. McGregor’s pie.

The tale contains in the background, some degree of cannibalism, particularly if we tell it to children, who cannot differentiate between people and animals, since the protagonist is a rabbit with human characteristics. The small but complicated distinction, is what qualify us as sane individuals, while the acceptance of a human rabbit could imply a condition of craziness. Small children don’t mind that acceptance given that the meaning of being insane is irrelevant for them.

The word “crazy” is one of the most commonly used in our vocabulary, and the cause is that it defines same action or thought that it is difficult to explain from an objective perspective. It represents in general terms, the deviation from reason by our acquired knowledge which could be interpreted as irrational and senseless. For example, drinking a glass of bleach can be interpreted as a crazy action by most of us, if there is not an apparent reason to justify it.

The normality of an action is what defines our rationality. Anything that diverges from that, could be considered a reason for insanity, and often the separation of both could be measured in millimeters. To focus our thoughts in a particular idea could result in two types of craziness: one is directly related to the elimination of the circumstances which could restrict our ability to develop our understanding; the other one is the opposite, based on fixating our imagination on surrounding events that affect our conscience, which would go in reality’s detriment. The reasons for human craziness are almost infinite, but taking aside physical or genetical influences, we could assume that the environment in which we live and the experiences that we are forced to deal with, are the cause of most of our knowledge’s misbehaviors.

Our minds posses the will of retracting themselves to specific areas where the security of our thoughts are undisputable under any circumstance, particularly because they offer us the pleasure of fulfilling our experiences with comprehensive knowledge. The reward of achieving that goal could represent the confidence that we need to survive the moment of our delirious reality, because our minds could appear crazy, but certainly are not stupid.

The perception of insanity that our societies reflect is due to the inability of understanding the multitudinously conflicting ideas that frequently cast their citizens. History at times, shows the intention of redirecting many of the social tendencies towards one specific objective, like for example communism, fascism, or any religious ideology that cultures around the globe practice with devotion. Usually, they don’t last long because the advantage that free societies have over framed and very structure ways of thinking, enlarge their capabilities of adaptation to new circumstances, even though the risk of falling in absurd and senseless actions is always there. But, when individuals of a particular community feel that their efforts are being wasted in unproductive and harmful trends, the sensation of frustration increases, and the necessary knowledge to escape the constant upheaval of mistrust on the people gets obscured by incoherent and subjective patterns of insanity, compromising their capacity to react against the ignorance and fear that keeps us from managing the cold reality.

Peter Rabbit didn’t want to hear the knowledgeable advice of his mother, Mrs. Rabbit. She knew what it happened to her husband and she tried to prevent another calamity in the family, but there is a limit on everything we do, in particular with respect to the concerns and illusions of another person. Young Peter had to experience Mr. McGregor’s garden by himself, because he was very naughty and curious, which pretty much is what societies do, getting themselves in uncontrollable situations. The common sense, and the ability to taste the waters before jumping into the murky future of false expectations, often is relegated to a second plane, living the capacity of adaptation to frugal and superfluous actions. That on one hand, corresponds to the foolishness of trying to understand distant concepts without accessing the right ladder of knowledge; and on the other hand, evokes the rushing for survival by ordinarily accepting our apparent and simple limitations.