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Saturday, July 22, 2006

A Thoughtful Post

Dearest blog-readers,
Of recent times, it has come to the attention of your humble stenographer that certain of our audience have developed a tendency, however marked, to comment on the philosophical tendencies of yours truly. In other words, they think I think too much.
Now, whilst I have attempted to meditate, cogitate, ponder, and reflect with the best of the philosophers from time to time, I do not believe that my cerebral powers are such that they place me in the realm of a Socrates, or even of a mere Kierkegaard. Indeed, I believe that it can be said, in all earnestness, that I am no more a thinker than anyone else. Or, to put it in simpler terms still, INTELLECTUAL? YOU MIGHT AS WELL TRY AND GET A FROG TO DANCE THE CHARLESTON!

However, I have decided to throw the question over to you readers. Do YOU think I think too much? I've constructed a poll for just this purpose!


Does Tim think too much?
When I weigh up the positives and the negatives for the question, I find that my answer lies of a certainty in the positive
I have considered the statistical probabilities, and find that the answer is merely a tentative positive
Of all the possible answers to that question, my measured estimation of the circumstances leads to a moderate negative
Speaking both generally and specifically, my answer would be a clear, obvious, unambiguous, (not to mention pellucid) no.
Can I have some time to think about it?
  
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12 comments:

nailpolishblues said...

It's not that you think too much, it's that you think too well.

TimT said...

THANK YOU! Maybe I should adopt that as my new blog logo. 'TimT: he doesn't think too much, he just thinks too well'. Hmmm. Then again ...

There's barely a person alive who isn't thinking, all the time. We forget most of it. That's one reason why I write, because I don't want to forget some of the weird-arsed ideas that I get floating through my head ...

nailpolishblues said...

It's not that you think, it's what you think. And that you're very good at translating your thoughts to writing.

Gee, I'm getting good at this. Sure, everyone thinks but what are they thinking about? I'm pretty sure that someone with a substantially lower IQ than you does not think like this. Nor does someone who hasn't any education - not to be a snob but it's evident in both the language you use and the connections you make.
I understand that some people don't even have a perpetual internal monologue which makes me wonder on what levels they are thinking and how the hell do I shut the fucker off...

TimT said...

Translating thoughts into writing is very hard to do and is pretty much what I try to do, 99 per cent of the time I sit down to write. I think I'm gradually getting better at it. Not everyone writes like that, but I could never write differently.

Not only do I have internal monologues, I have discussions and arguments going on in my head all the time! Then when I meet the person I've been discussing/arguing things with in my head, I'm surprised when they say something unexpected! I'm not sure if this is normal ...

Do you ever say things out loud that you had meant to just think? I don't think I've ever done that myself, but others have talked about it. It must be freaky when it does happen!

nailpolishblues said...

I think I'll choose not to comment on paragraph 2. As for 1, yes. And 3 - occasionally but only in the form of freudian slips, though I do say 'oh, did I say that out loud?' very often and very sarcastically on a regular basis after saying particularly horrible things.

TimT said...

I think I'll choose not to comment on paragraph 2.

But doesn't everyone do it? It's just my way of thinking things through. I also get whole poems or stories coming into my head; occasionally you'll hear phrases or sentences recited in a very distinctive voice. It's similar to what happens when I dream of different people and faces - usually people and faces I've never seen before.

I think it must happen to everyone, to a certain extent. Part of being human - these things are hardwired into our subconscious.

nailpolishblues said...

I don't know if everyone does it - I only have full access to my mind. And yes, I do all those things, I was chosing not to comment because it made me think of some of the more embarrassing mental moments I have... Um, huh?

Caz said...

Re: Para One - oh crap, I thought that's what everyone tried to do (translating thoughts into writing) but with a 99.9% failure rate.

On the other hand, I suspect that is merely my *hope*.

In truth, it's probably a 99.9% success rate, which pretty much explains why the world is as it is.

Re: Para Two - one of my great disappointments in life is that no-one ever, EVER provides the lead-in line that we needed in order to deliver our well constructed & much mulled upon internal discussion. Damn them! Damn them all!

TimT said...

It's unpardonably selfish of the rest of the world that it does not conform, in minute detail, with our internal musings. To re-use an idea of T.S. Eliot's - it is not a failing of ours, it is the world that is at fault ...

I guess all writing is thought translation, though the types of writing I'm attracted to tend to do this in distinctive ways - comedy and science-fiction, for example, where one bizarre idea/possibility can create the drama for an entire short-story/novelette.

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