By Prof Plotznheimer
Good Morning Class.
Today I would like to share a very cool passage from THE END OF FAITH by Sam Harris.
"You are now seated, reading Homo Escapeons.
Reading is itself a species of thinking.
You can probably hear the sound of your own voice reading these words in your mind.
These sentences don't feel like your thoughts.
Your thoughts are the ones that arrive unannounced and steal you away from the text.
They may or may not have any relevance to what you are now reading.
You may suddenly find yourself thinking about something else even while your eyes still blindly scan lines of text.
We all know what it is like to read whole paragraphs, and even pages of a book, without assimilating a word.
Few of us realize that we spend most of our lives in such a state; perceiving the present-sights, sounds, tastes, sensations-only dimly, through a veil of thought.
We spend our lives telling ourselves the story of past and future, while the reality of the present goes largely unexplored."
Well...Did you feel it?
Your consciousness understanding the experience that YOU are simultaneously the subject and the object?
It means that you are Salt-Of-The-Earth, and a Politically, Moderate, Centrist, or Lefty, and that the globby, three pound, lump, of folded, grey, jello, holding your ears apart, is still working despite having been bombarded from birth by a lifetime of advertisements from the Military/Industrial Complex controlled Ad Geniuses who are begging you to come over to the Dark Side.
If on the other hand, you thought that that voice in your head was either GOD or SATAN, you are prolly an Uber-Conservative, Rightwing, Fascist, Nutjob, and destined to continue loathing other people who look, think, or act differently, as well as those who have more expensive crap than you have managed to accumulate at any cost..
and besides you already know everything that there is to know so why was I reading this crap?
So Class...what do you think about your ability to think about your thinking while you're reading?..or did your attention span expire?...a little too long for you eh?
Aaah you kids today oye-yoy-yoy!