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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Journeys of the mind

Sitting behind me on the bus this morning was a man who was having an interesting conversation. At first I thought he was on a cell phone, but I soon realized there was no cell phone, nor was there anyone sitting with him engaged in the other side of the conversation. No, his only travel companion was in his own mind.

The conversation went something like this:

Billions of people do it. Every day. New born babies do it….
I saw a photograph of Jesus Christ once. It was like those pictures where a million tiny pictures make up one bigger picture…
You have to understand, son - you usually get so upset…
It’s KK. You know – KK – with Tom and Joe on 92 CITI FM…
I’m Metis. Aboriginal. But white too. White people don’t like me and Aboriginal people don’t like me either….
People say to me “smoking will kill you”, but none of us is going to live forever, are we? Maybe we are. Maybe we are….
I know whom I have believed…
I’m not German, but I’m Dutch…

It was an interesting bus ride. I wonder what journey his mind was taking him on. I also wonder whether, if those of us who feel like we have a good handle on our mental capacity were to speak every one of our random thoughts, it might sound a little similar.

12 comments:

ccap said...

I'm fairly certain mine would. Hmm, idea for the NEXT post. :-)

Anvilcloud said...

I have a tendency to talk to myself, but ti gets bad when I answer. :)

Gina said...

Oh man, I always talk to myself. Yesterday I was talking out loud to myself at Target about how I couldn't find something, and this lady totally gave me "the look."

I had to laugh, though.

Karmyn R said...

How true. If I were to say every single thing I were to think, I'd be committed.

Sometimes when I have a conversation with my husband, I'll respond in some totally off subject tangent....and I always have to explain to my husband why I said it - because in my mind, the links to it were completely justified.

joyce said...

so much truth in what the man said. So much.

Bailey said...

I'm REGULARLY in the grocery store with people who speak their thoughts aloud. (I don't get the whole story, though, because shopping doesn't keep me in earshot the same way a bus ride would.)

Karmyn, Dr. Eggerich calls that 'spiderwebbing,' and his video description of it is quite entertaining.

Liz said...

If people could hear my conversations with myself on my morning walks, they'd think I was nuts! But it's a great way to get it all out.

Bailey said...

spiderwebbing -third clip in this, at 4.18:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7xf998IwWw

Judy said...

I have to talk to myself. Otherwise myself doesn't know what to do.

I think you may have discovered my missing 'bus stop' person. I used to listen to this guy ALL THE TIME, and then he suddenly just wasn't around anymore. Now, when he said he was Dutch, I became convinced. That's about all we have around here in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Pamela said...

... hmmm... sounded like he was talking to someone else. I'm sure glad you didn't hear the other guy, too. ha ha.

Cecily said...

One of my favourite past times as kid was to trace back my thoughts because I couldn't work out how I got from one thing to the next... there was always a tenuous, crazy link somewhere! Oh to know this guys links!

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