What does "crazy" mean? Crazy is holding a feast to celebrate the successful poisoning of one of your competitors with a tincture of lead and then eating off lead plates and drinking out of lead cups at the party.
The crazy got worse and worse in the Roman Empire until people just were not making any sense, sort of like George Romero's THE CRAZIES film. All their decisions were more and more addled, they grew more aggressive with less resources to wage war and compounded one error on top of another. They weren't right in the head at the end and it would have been obvious to a sane man. It is noteworthy to see how many Senators who lived in private walled estates (their own water supplies from wells) marvelled at how immune to reason their contemporaries became on any subject.
All of this, of course, is simply a parallel of the current era we live in right now. See the previous blog post before this one.
The founders of a society take great pains to see to the quality of the food they eat and the water they drink ... later generations develop a sort of acoustical deafness to hints in the environment that things they have there are causing them harm. They lose the capacity to discriminate and at some point cease to care one way or the other. All things become an indifference that is implacable and they believe things will nevertheless turn out for the best despite them being too dulled to take an interest in producing the outcomes through their own good judgement.
This is very similar to my difficulty in getting any of my contemporaries to engage in an in-depth discussion of the very technology we are supposed to be experts in. Which would be better in this instance, UDP or TCP-IP? I am often the only one who appears to care either way. Despite their experience they always seem to just assume their choices really won't affect their outcomes at all. That's crazy ... like drinking out of lead cups to celebrate poisoning a rival with lead.