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Sculpture of The Thinker

Sculpture of The Thinker

Heavy Thinking
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Are You a Problem Thinker?

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.

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 Thomas Sowell and Charles Krauthammer. I would return to the office dizzied and confused asking, “What is it exactly we are doing here?”

Things weren’t going so great at home either. One evening I had turned off the TV and asked my wife about the meaning of life. She spent that night at her mother’s.

I soon had a reputation as a heavy thinker. One day the boss called me in. He said, “Skippy, 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 burst, “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, and she began to cry. I’d had enough. “I’m going to the library,” I snarled as I stomped out the door.

I headed for the library, in the mood for some William F. Buckley, Jr., with Dennis Prager on the radio. I roared into the parking lot and ran up to the big glass door… they didn’t open. The library was closed.

To this day, I believe that a Higher Power was looking out for me that night.

As I sank to the ground clawing at the unfeeling glass, yearning for a few lines from Edmund Burke, 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 was “Idiocracy”. 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.

* My true confession is that I can’t take credit for this, but I don’t remember where I got the original version.
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I may not always totally agree with Charles Krauthammer, but I respect him immensely and think he is one of the sharpest minds on the Right side of the aisle in American political commentary. And, I think he makes some good observations in today’s op-ed piece in the Washington Post.

To sum up, “the most important effect of Tuesday’s elections is historical. It demolishes the great realignment myth of 2008…. The Obama coattails of 2008 are gone. The expansion of the electorate, the excitement of the young, came in uniquely propitious Democratic circumstances and amid unparalleled enthusiasm for electing the first African American president. November ’08 was one shot, one time, never to be replicated. Nor was November ’09 a realignment. It was a return to the norm — and definitive confirmation that 2008 was one of the great flukes in American political history. ”

For an opposing view from the Left, try this op-ed column from Ruy Teixeira in the New York Times from a couple days ago.

Do Republican victories in these two key states represent anything significant? Are they an accurate barometer for our nation at large? Are they reliable indicators of what to expect in the elections of 2010 and 2012?

Personally, I am greatly encouraged. But, there is a lot of water yet to pass under the bridge (does that make sense?) before those elections take place.  And, as history has shown, a LOT can happen to change people’s views, expectations, and the course of events in just a few weeks’ (let alone months’ or years’) time. We shall see…