Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Philosophy, with a cold


What it is like to think with a cold? It's clearly different. Nothing comes quite so easily, or so quickly. More mistakes are made, and motivation is lower. One has access, albeit unwillingly, to an alternative form of consciousness.

Imagine what the world would be like if everyone had a cold all of the time! Music would be more laid back, working hours would be much reduced. There would probably be fewer wars, and less intolerance. Can you seriously imagine carrying on a war with a foggy mind, lethargic body and a headache the size of Vietnam?

The downsides, of course, are equally unattractive. For one, going out drinking with friends would be a much more sober experience. Beer sales down, fruit juice and cold suppressants up.

Can one learn anything of value from introspection with a cold? Possibly, but I for one am too foggy-headed to find it.



Anonymous Rob said...

Codral would probably be demonised as a mind-altering drug, banned even for medicinal use.

Get better soon!

6/28/2005 01:27:00 PM  
Anonymous david l said...

Aahh .. but there can be an up swing of consciousness as the cold finally departs. A wonderful sense of goodness and fresh life for a time.
Maybe it is also because of a break from older, too familiar associations of the mind ? At least so it seems.


6/30/2005 09:45:00 AM  
Blogger MelbournePhilosopher said...

Thanks guys ... largely better now. And I do feel freshly motivated - or did for about two hours before sinking back into "work mode" :)


6/30/2005 02:57:00 PM  

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