“Thus I Became A Wild Man”
You ask us how we came up with “Thus I Became A Wild Man.” It happened thus: One day, long before many ideas were born, I brainstormed with Jon Remo at Panera and found that all my inspiration was coming from a book I’ve read: The Madman by Kahlil Gibran. I shared with Remo and we rose in excitement. We ran WILDMAN style through the crowded streets shouting, “93 til infinity!!!”
Here is what I shared:
You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen — the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven lives, — I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, “Thieves, thieves, the curséd thieves.”
Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me.
And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house-top cried, “He is a madman.” I looked up to behold him; the sun kissed my own naked face for the first time. For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, “Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks.”
Thus I became a madman.
And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. - Kahlil Gibran
And we found both creativity and fun in our wildness; the untamed creativity and fun of being wild, for those who aren’t wild are not creative enough.
Disclaimer: Written by Grecibeth Infante. Inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s The Madman. Not intended to copy or take credit.