Friday, April 06, 2007

Thinking about not thinking.

I used to think that thinking was the thing to think about.

I was some kind of logical robot. Or Mr. Spock.

Then one day in January of 1977 I used my intuition for the first time. I did something without knowing why I did it, in an intellectual sense. That changed my life and I have certainly never regretted it.

I felt like I connected with another part of my brain. Over the years, I have lost that connection. Things like Tori Amos puzzle me to no end. I lost the ability to shut off the logical part and just go with the flow. I knew I liked it, but I was upset that I couldn't figure it out.

I used to play Nirvana in the car and crank it up. Then I got disgusted with the lyrics and quit listening. I lost that disk, in fact.

I need to buy that CD again. And crank it up. And forget about lyrics and making sense. Cause sometimes that's not worth thinking about. David Byrne was right.

Coda: As a case in point, I offer the first verse of a song that I like so much... oh I really can't tell you what this song does to me each time I hear it. I had no idea what the words were until I looked them up. The point is, they don't matter.

Said the wait child magic child work it on out now work it
The wait child pinball child pool hall child hurts
The wait child pacing child forth back now hurts
The wait child neon light late night lights hurt


Bpaul said...

One of my favorite quotes may be appropriate here --

"Cogito cogito, ergo cogito sum, I think I think, therefore I think I am." -- Ambrose Bierce

Shocho said...

I think I think that's good.