"Friend, is thinking ruining your life?"

To Orwell Today,

It started out innocently enough. Antero began to think while out socially, now and then, to loosen up. Inevitably though, one thought led to another, and soon Antero was more than just a social thinker.

Antero began to think alone - "to relax," he said - but he knew it wasn't true. Thinking became more and more important to him, and finally he was thinking all the time.

Antero began to think on the job. Antero knew that thinking and employment don't mix, but he couldn't stop himself. He began to avoid friends at lunchtime so he could read. Antero would return to the office dizzied and confused, asking, "What is it exactly, that we are doing here?"

Antero soon had a reputation as a thinker. One day the boss called him in. He said, "Sunshine, 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 Antero a lot to think about. Antero came home early after his conversation with the boss. Antero was thinking... thinking... he'd had enough.

So, Antero went to the library. He roared into the parking lot and ran up to the big glass doors... they didn't open. The library was closed. Later, he realized that a Higher Power was looking out for him that night. Antero sank to the ground clawing at the unfeeling glass, whimpering, a poster caught his eye. "Friend, is thinking ruining your life?" it asked. You probably recognize that line. It comes from the standard Thinkers Anonymous poster.

Which is why Antero is what he is today: a recovering thinker. Antero has never missed a TA meeting. At each meeting they watch a non-educational video, then they share experiences about how they avoided thinking since the last meeting. Life just seemed .. more bland .. without purpose or meaning, somehow, as soon as Antero stopped thinking, and avoided thoughts about the meaning of life and his future. Antero still has his job, and things are a lot better. Now Antero can stare for hours at the T.V. and receive his daily dose of brainwashing instead of contemplating the mysteries of life.

- from Mike (an anonymous thinker)

Greetings Mike,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Thinkers Anonymous. I think I'll share it with other anonymous thinkers who frequent "Orwell Today" for a think in between TA meetings.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

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Jackie Jura
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