Friday, April 08, 2016

Just a Story from Paolo Coelho's Veronika Decides to Die

I read the book "Veronica Decides to Die" three years ago. It is one of the reasons that made me go psychotic and take medication. I liked the story and I can very well relate to it. It takes on philosophy on another level. It teaches a lot of lessons and helps people with suicidal thoughts.

I would like to share an excerpt from the book. Particularly a story from it, which I really liked.

So, here it goes.

Once upon a time, powerful wizard, who wanted to destroy an entire kingdom, placed a magic potion in the well from which the inhabitants drank. Whoever drank that water would go mad.

The following morning, the whole population drank from the well and they all went mad, apart from the king and his family, who had a well set aside for them alone, which the magician had not managed to poison. The king was worried and tried to control the population by issuing a series of edicts governing security and public health. The policemen and the inspectors, however, had also drunk the poisoned water, and they thought the king’s decisions were absurd and resolved to take notice of them.

When the inhabitants of the kingdom heard these decrees, they became convinced that the king had gone mad and was now giving nonsensical orders. They marched on the castle and called for his abdication.

In despair the king prepared to step down from the throne, but the queen stopped him, saying: ‘Let us go and drink from the communal well. Then we will be the same as them.’

And that was what they did: The king and queen drank the water of madness and immediately began talking nonsense. Their subjects repented at once; now that the king was displaying such ‘wisdom’, why not allow him to rule the country?

The country continued to live in peace, although its inhabitants behaved very differently from those of its neighbors. And the king was able to govern until the end of his days.

I would just like to say this. Being crazy is unacceptable to society. That's why they make you take the medicine they want you to. And that's why the world sucks. True that's how the world works but when did society have the right to set whats acceptable and whats not? Society has been the one who's driving around and setting the rules. Society's the one who's been setting the standards. Who are we to violate society's laws and standards? When they see a speckle in its existence, it does everything it can to fix it. Society can't stand blemishes. Different people need to conform with the normal. When you're different, you are isolated. That's why this whole thing with living is such a mess. It's so much drama. I hate it.


  1. I think everyone goes a little psychotic on reading this book. I know, I did.

  2. I think everyone goes a little psychotic on reading this book. I know, I did.

  3. Hahaha. So you can very well relate then.

  4. I'm already crazy I need this book lmao how did you copy and paste it? Can I read it online

    1. I read it back in high school. I borrowed the book from our library. I think you can search for the pdf in google.