Within all of us lurks a madman - an innate madness bidding its time, waiting patiently and working tirelessly to find the tiniest bit of lapse in our armor of sanity. It's born the day you are born, it grows with you and lives in you till the day you die. It’s the most patient hunter and you are its only prey; it stalks your every breath and whispers in your ear, hoping to get your attention. Its hunger is eternal, its thirst is insatiable. Counting on your gullibility and ignorance, it does the best it can to ensnare you. Your heartbeat stirs it, your thought inspires it. It’s subtle when you are strong and the stars shine bright; it roars when you are weak and on a trail of darkness - it knows when to attack; it knows how to get you.
When the time’s right - it will break through your every defense; it will chisel tiny shards of your sanity; it will put you under the curse of denial; it will condemn you to a battered consciousness; it will wreck your perspectives and perceptions; it will craft a web of delusions around you; it will take you away from your friends and family; you will become a stranger to yourself. As it breathes into you the air of insanity, your lungs resist, your brain fights, your heart struggles, your eyes cry - all in vain.
This is not a fight you can win or a demon you can vanquish. It's invisible, invincible and it has the wisdom and power of a billion generations. Having been around for countless centuries, it’s scarred and crippled numerous people since the dawn of civilization, and now it’s your turn. In retrospect, you will realize that one situation, one person, one feeling, one moment is all it took to unleash the madness.