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I Am Recovering

Postby Strong Eagle » Sun, 06 Aug 2006 7:51 am

It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then - to loosen up. Inevitably, though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a social thinker.

I began to think alone - "to relax," I told myself - but I knew it wasn't true. Thinking became more and more important to me, and finally
I was thinking all the time.

That was when things began to sour at home. One evening I turned off the TV and asked my wife about the meaning of life. She spent that night at her mother's.

I began to think on the job. I knew that thinking and employment don't mix, but I couldn't stop myself. I began to avoid friends at lunchtime so I could read Thoreau and Kafka. I would return to the office dizzied and confused, asking, "What is it exactly we are doing here?"

One day the boss called me in. He said, "Listen, I like you, and it hurts me to say this, but your thinking has become a real problem. If you don't stop thinking on the job, you'll have to find another job."
This gave me a lot to think about.

I came home early after my conversation with the boss. "Honey," I confessed, "I've been thinking." "I know you've been thinking," she said, "and I want a divorce!"

"But Honey, surely it's not that serious." "It is serious," she said, lower lip aquiver. "You think as much as college professors and college professors don't make any money, so if you keep on thinking, we won't have any money!"

"That's a faulty syllogism," I said impatiently. She exploded in tears of rage and frustration, but I was in no mood to deal with the emotional drama. "I'm going to the library," I snarled as I stomped out the door.

I headed for the library, in the mood for some Nietzsche. I roared into the parking lot with NPR on the radio and ran up to the big glass doors. They didn't open. The library was closed.

To this day, I believe that a Higher Power was looking out for me that night. Leaning on the unfeeling glass, whimpering for Zarathustra, a poster caught my eye.

"Friend, is heavy thinking ruining your life?" it asked. You probably recognize that line. It comes from the standard Thinker's Anonymous poster. Which is why I am what I am today: a recovering thinker.

I never miss a TA meeting. At each meeting we watch a non-educational video; last week it as "Porky's." Then we share experiences about how we avoided thinking since the last meeting.

I still have my job, and things are a lot better at home. Life just seemed easier, somehow, as soon as I stopped thinking. I think the road to recovery is nearly complete for me.

Today I registered to vote as a Republican.

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recovering from thinking

Postby whatalark » Sun, 06 Aug 2006 7:19 pm

Funny, I found myself wondering where you'd disappeared to, coupla days back, and when I saw this thread about you recovering I got a little alarmed. Thought you were really in some recovery program :o

Recovering from readings in nihilism. Hm... they (Nietsche and Kafka) can scramble a person's mind for good unfortunately.

My mind's drawing a blank right now as to remedial philosophical readings to challenge their darkness...

By the way, ya, I know your just kidding around cos this is posted in Leisure Chat, Jokes, Rubbish.
no trees were hurt in the making of this post but a few electrons were terribly inconvenienced

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Postby briceloh » Sun, 06 Aug 2006 8:12 pm

SE, does that mean republicans don't think? :P
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 06 Aug 2006 8:26 pm

SE where did you dig that one up? Haven't seen that one for a while (believe is was a Democrat back then and Billy was still in the Whitehouse. Still a good one though. :lol:

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Postby Strong Eagle » Mon, 07 Aug 2006 7:30 am

briceloh wrote:SE, does that mean republicans don't think? :P


Well, briceloh, given the mess in Iraq, a foreign policy that causes the entire world to hate the US, a massive deficit, and a prez who believes in creationism instead of science, what do you think?


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