Sunday, October 07, 2007

Please Diagnosis This For Me, Pretty Please

I am on stage with the President. He turns to shake my hand. I throw a pie in his face. The secret service shoots me...dozens of times. The excuse on the evening news: "Well, what do you expect when you throw a pie at the President?" "It could of been anything, a chemical weapon, who knows"

No, not the dream. Why is it acceptable to be shot by the secret service for throwing a pie in the President's face?


Blogger John Liberty said...

"Everything unknown and alien is primary and undifferentiated: it is ... the very source of fear."

-Adorno, b. September 11, 1903

1:02 AM  
Blogger John Liberty said...

Philosophy in a Time of Terror

Jurgen Habermas

1:14 AM  
Blogger The Sheriff said...

I have horrific waking-life nighmares of being riddled with bullets by police as every time I walk through sensors at a store. I think that the state works well when we all know in our subconscious that it's capable of brutal and most of all irrational force. It never has to be able to use this, and it can be outside the realm of practical possibility, but I think there's the limit case of liberal police power.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

It all depends on what kind of pie it is...
Banana Cream- Stress at Work
Cherry- Intimacy Issues
Strawberry Rhubarb- Unhealthy Sexual Desires
Key Lime- Gender Confusion

8:27 AM  
Blogger Robot said...

I couldn't be any more pleased with a comment than that offered by Josh the Artist Formerly Known as Hippie Killer. (That's, like, academic speak for "having laughed.")

One follow-up question, if I may. Given the ostensibly clear connections between "Banana Cream" and "Cherry" with sexual themes, I'm struck for why you went for the "Strawberry Rhubarb" as the sexually deviant one. I myself tend to agree that Strawberry Rhubarb is a rather unexamined locus of sexual repression, but I've yet to be persuaded that Banana Cream and Cherry pie are somehow non-sexual. This is clearly not an instance of "sometimes banana cream is just banana cream." I'd be curious to hear how you would respond to these thoughts.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Matching up those types of pies to psychological diagnoses was pure flow of consciousness for me.

Which might mean that I have some issues...

8:03 AM  
Blogger dchan said...

robot, as i accidentally found out while browsing (snooping) through someone's search history, ANY kind of 'cream pie' is indeed, on some level, sexual. just google 'creampie,' you'll see what i mean.

10:12 AM  

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