they-are-insane

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Y̡̘̠̫̻̙̔ͫ̄͗̓̌͛O̽̃̌̔̇̍̇҉̟Ú̺ͅ ͣͧͮ̔Ḧ͚̇A͖̦͙̯͋ͣ̿̽̊ͅV̆͂́͆̎͛E̸̱ͫͨ͐̉ ̟̲̭͐͛S̽ͬ̾̚͏̦̖̩̺̻E͕͎̣E̮͚͚͕͓̤N̜̪͍̍͊ͣ͜ ͇͙̹̮̂͆̐͟Ṋ̬͚̯͈͎͙͑̐̑̓͗O͖̣͎ͮ̽T̡͕̹͍̙̟̥̺͆̈̽ͨ̌H̼̱ͨ̈́̈́̚I͚̙̦̜ͨͩ̄͌̽̚N̤͓̱̣̭͖ͬ͊́̓G͌ͥ͒̋͡.̼͕ͩ̍̃
̨͉̥̩̲̩ͅͅY͔̬͍͛ͩͧO̯̽ͫ͌͊ͯͥ̓͡U͏̰͉͍͇̦͕͎ ͫ̓͢W͉͔̫͙ͦ̕I͂͂Ĺ́ͩ̚͏L̖͍͇͖̋̃ ̻̤͎͓̳̦̜͐ͤͥ̿͛ͯ̆K̭͓ͤͧ̾N̸͍̼͓̞̹̱̱̎̇̈Ò̷̯̯̣̣͈̗ͮ̑ͮW̞̗͍͎̼ͪͥ͂̇͐̀̚ ̞̜͖̱̗͝N͖̥̳͓̔ͫO͌̉T͕̘͕̩̥̪͓H̬̥̰͎͔͈͌͒̃̂̆͡Ȉ̧̭̖̖̺̰͕͑͂̂̚N̼̣̤̲̣̎̆̉̂͛ͨ͌͘Ğ̙̖͖ͦͩͩ́.̨̫̑̏͗ͤ̌
͙̼͡O̖̫̼͈̠͓͇ͪ̉̈̆͛N̪͚͔̂̿ͧ̑̽̋̎ͅĹ̝̲̥̠ͯ̎͋Y͒ͦ͌̈ ͈͚ͪ́̊͌W̨̠͕͂H̼̝̺̰͇͗ͬ͝E̯̰͓̥̥̅̌ͫ̃Nͭ ̴͓̓Y̝̼̩̯̞ͥ̍O̰͕ͤ̾̋ͭ͂ͮ͟Ů̳̗̦̗̮̭̭ ̩̰̖̬̙͠R͙̟̥͉̟͍͌̒Eͦ̓̉̔̎̚͏̳̣̻̠ͅÄ̗̏̄ͮ͛̒̕C̖̹͢H͍̦̀ ̴͎̈ͯ̚E̤Ņ̙͗͗ͥ̌L̗̲̩ͤ͌ͅḮ̡̇͂ͮ̆G̩̦̺̏̃ͫͩ̃͢H̢̼̟̘͕̣̫̍͐̓̉̆T̴̤̗̦E̤͙͉̺̝̭ͅNͭͨ͏̝̬̻̹͇̬̲M̠̻̻̝͆ͩȄ̛̦̪͈͇ͭ̍ͯͤ͐N͕̤̋͂ͧͥ͐T͙̈̎͒͞,̧͍͚̮̫̩̥̉
̩̳͙̪͎̫W̜̯͆̈ͦ͌̅ͧ̀ḮL͍̖͎͚̹̱̈̉̓́̅́̀L̫ ̬͔͔̩̫̪̼ͥ̓ͪͯ̿̚T̟̲̖̞̺ͯ͂̄Ĥ̝͓̞̞̻͈̋͒ͪ̚É͓͚̝̤̭ͩ̉̎ ͐̒̇͞W̿̋͊͛ͤ̚҉̹̳͙Ō̲͙ͯ̈́ͦ͋R͘Lͤ̀̔̋̾͌ͥD̬͙̳̙̠̒ ̗̬̰̍ͩ̄Bͥͬ̂̅͂̉͟E̤͔̗̪̫̲͐̓ͮ̃̿̅ͤ̕Ċͪ̌͛O̶͔̼̼͍̟̊ͣ͗ͣM͉͗̾E͉͚̹̻͉̺̫̓ͮ̍̽̒ͦ ̻̹̻̦͇̺͐̑ͯ̿ͅC͇ͧ͂̓ͮ̅L̡͉̘̪̊́̄ͭE̮̗̤͂̈́̉̂ͨͬ͟Aͩ̇͠R̰̯̣͚͗̅.͍͕̩̺̺͕̋̓̋̌͑ͦ


(thanks to roguetheassassin​ for the ask!)

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Central State Hospital for the Insane, Indianapolis.

Part VIII of VIII.

I made my way around the perimeter of the building, carefully avoiding any surprise entrances to hidden underground tunnels, repeating, “it’s only the wind, it’s only the wind.” There was, ridiculously, a split second when I was sure a face would appear in a window and my car wouldn’t start. 

Too many horror movies.

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It should be noted most of the people who worked at this hospital through it’s 146 years appeared to be good-hearted, and ground breaking research did occur. Special skill and temperament are certainly required to care for the mentally ill, especially during a time when so little was known. Sadly, dealing with the unknown had unintended consequences, as fear and uncertainly are often obstacles to common sense.

Perhaps the decay found here is representative of the abandonment of our fears in the quest for understanding. The past must stay in the past, we level the walls and brush off the dust, paving the way for (my favorite word in the English language) enlightenment.  

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The 1960s were an awfully turbulent time.

Pictures:

1. First man on the moon.

2. Vietnamese children running from the site of a napalm attack.

3. MLK in the march from Selma to Montgomery.

4. The self immolation of a Buddhist monk in protest of governmental anti-buddhist policies in South Vietnam.

5. Flowers are placed on the bayonets at an anti-war protest, otherwise known as “flower power”.

6. Woodstock music festival, attended by an estimated half million people.

7. The Beatles

8. Marilyn Monroe, who died August 5th, 1962.

9. President John F. Kennedy.

10. Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in to office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.