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have bats in one's belfry

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When we understand that man is the only animal who must create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature, we already understand the essence of love. Love is the problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue with nature in order to experience his own being.
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have bats in one's belfry

  1. (idiomatic) (intransitive) To be crazy or eccentric.
    Anyone declaring himself Emperor of San Franscisco probably had bats in his belfry.
    • 1900, Mary Etta Stickney, Brown of Lost River, p254
      You would certainly take the prize for bats in the belfry!--flying off on a wild-goose chase across a country where even the geese need a compass to keep to the course.

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