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Thinking - It's More Dangerous Than You Know!

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posted on Feb, 5 2011 @ 09:19 AM

Thinking It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then - just to loosen up and be a part of the crowd.

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 help myself.

I began to avoid friends at lunchtime so I could read Thoreau, Muir, Confucius, Camus and Kafka. I would return to the office dizzied and confused, asking, "What is it exactly that 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, her 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 fallacious 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 John Locke. 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 and whimpering for Emerson, a poster caught my eye, "Friend, is heavy thinking ruining your life?" it asked.

Stop before it’s too late for you.

You probably recognize that line. It comes from the standard Thinkers Anonymous poster. This 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 was "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 took the final step... I joined the Democratic Party

Funny but painfully true!

I didn't write this, wish I had though, I got it in a email.

edit on 5/2/11 by barkingdogamato because: Place the article in Quotes.

posted on Feb, 5 2011 @ 09:26 AM
"Guard your thoughts carefully for they're more powerful than you could possibly imagine."


posted on Feb, 5 2011 @ 09:29 AM
reply to post by barkingdogamato
Why was it necessary to insult the Democratic party?

posted on Feb, 5 2011 @ 09:41 AM
reply to post by lunatux

This was from a email, didn't change anything.


posted on Feb, 5 2011 @ 09:49 AM
LOL! Thinking is toxic. It truly is. Why not try "no thought"?
Trust me, once you try it you'll never want to go back to thinking

posted on Feb, 5 2011 @ 04:42 PM
How do you do "no thought"?

Truly, something I have pondered for years. Have you ever responded "nothing" to someone's question, "What are you thinking about?" and meant it? I find it virtually impossible not to be thinking about something. Makes getting to sleep at night a real challenge.

We used to tease one another back in those party days that that's what all the mind altering substances were really for... to find "snow."

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