I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Zander Sherman is the author of The Curiosity of School, a social history of education. He has contributed regularly to The Globe and Mail and written for Esquire and The Believer. He is also one half of Larch, a creative collaboration with the musician Rory Jordan-Stevens. He lives in central Ontario, Canada, where he is working on a memoir.
Mental illness is a function of consciousness, and consciousness is something we see through a glass darkly. We simply are not prepared to understand it with the same certainty that we are prepared to understand, say, liver disease.