Oct 252012
 

andromeda galaxy, NASA photo
 


If you’d never been born, well then what would you be?
You might be a fish! Or a toad in a tree!
You might be a doorknob! Or three baked potatoes!
You might be a bag full of hard green tomatoes.
Or worse than all that . . .Why, you might be a WASN’T.
A Wasn’t has no fun at all. No, he doesn’t.
A Wasn’t just isn’t. He just isn’t present.
But you . . .you ARE YOU! And, now isn’t that pleasant!

Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You! Random House, 1959.


 

Q: What’s inside the donut hole?
A: Well, the donut hole is different from a rabbit hole, which you dive into and which has a bottom. It’s more like a black hole, except it doesn’t suck you in, you go there willingly. And while a black hole traps you forever, it’s easy to return from a donut hole. In fact, it takes years of mental undressing to get access to the donut hole. And once you fight your way in, it’s very easy to get pulled back out. Often against your will.

Q: So it’s nice in there? It’s a place you want to be?
A: Not exactly, but it’s better than the other options.

Q: Where is it?
A: Between your ears, like every damn thing.

Q: Why would anyone want to go there? I mean, why bother?
A: People get pushed into it. They are motivated by pain, when reality stops working for them.

Q: How can reality stop working? That sounds impossible.
A: Well, let’s say you are sick of shopping. Maybe malls, even the brand-new upscale malls in Shanghai, make you sick. Or maybe you can’t find one thing to watch on TV, out of the offerings of 789 channels. Suppose a pint of Ben and Jerry’s bites your face like some kind of pitbull or viper. Eventually, you can’t fit your fat body into a chair.

Q: I can still fit into a chair.
A: Then you’re all set.

 

 

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