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"It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and
> then -- just 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 help myself.
>
> I began to avoid friends at lunchtime so I could read Thoreau, Muir,
> Confucius and Kafka. I would return to the office dazed 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 profess ors 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 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. "
 

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I am thinking you are thinking about other people now.
 

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Mr.BULLITT said:
I'm still thinking on that. And wondering as well. Do I have a problem??
I used to think that you had a problem. Now I just don't think about it anymore!:tongue:
 
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