James Douglas Stevenson




Are you a problem thinker?

It probably started out innocently enough. Thinking at social invitesand when the invites stopped, you carried on (socially) regardless thinking it must be (them) at fault.


Did you think alone- "to relax, telling yourself, but knowing it was not true. Did thinking become more and more important to you it became more of a chore and was thinking on the job so unbearable knowing employment and thinking don`t mix. Did you avoid friends at lunch-time so that you could read Thoreau and Kafka. Would you

return to your place of employment dizzied and confused, asking, what is it exactly that I am thinking.


Life at home was equally unbearable for you, having to answer the mind-bending querries of a sad inchorant rambler that your thinking had created, a woman who repeatedly begged you to give up thinking after reminding you that you think as much as a college professors and college professors don`t make any money!"


"I want a divorce!"


"That`s a faulty syllogism, you merely pointed out to an irate Wife. She began to cry and the whinging was more than you could take thus storming out the house, did she hear your threat as you slamed the door, "I am off down the library for a good read. Did you head down the library in the mood for some Nietzsche, with NPR on the radio as you sped into the car-park, ignoring the keys as you ran up to the main enterence to find that, due to the public holliday the library was closed.


To this day, you still believe a higher power was looking out for you that night.


As you sank to the ground clawing at the unfeeling glass, whimpering for Zarathustra, a poster caught your eye. "Friend, is heavy thinking ruining your life?" it asked. You probably recognised that line. It comes from a standard Thinkers Anonymous poster.


Which is why today you are a recovering thinker. You never miss a TA meeting where at each meeting you watch a non-educational video. Last movie it was, "Porkies, you so excitedly stammer`d. Then you shared experiences with other problem thinkers, and how to avoid thinking during the new month ahead.


Still, you have a job and things are a lot better at home since you invited

me to live, inside your head.




              James Douglas Stevenson 2005



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