Who Knows What Evil Lurks . . . Who Cares?

14 01 2015


I just listened to a new NPR radio broadcast, a show called Invisibilia, which is described on the NPR website as:

Invisibilia (Latin for “all the invisible things”) explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.

The first program was titled The Secret History of Thoughts.  It might have been more aptly titled The Secret History of BAD Thoughts . . . First story focused on inappropriate thoughts, dark thoughts, what having them means (Spoiler – nothing much, apparently), and how we manage them. The program was interesting and informative, but I could not help wondering why take such a depressing angle. Why not do a program about how we cope with random happy thoughts, instead of random dark ones?

I know. Bad news grabs attention and attention-getting is the first step to audience-building, but does that make it a good thing?  I don’t think so!

We are too ready to search for meaning in a nightmare, a blip on the old mental radar that involves committing some gruesome crime, or just wishing (for an instant) that lightning would strike someone whose presence just bugs us; yet, we dismiss the unexpected (undeserved, of course) little wisps of joy that float in and out of our consciousness as static or misinterpreted signals.

I’ve decided to ponder the meaning of all the wild and out-of-context happy thoughts that cross my mind with the same deliberation and investigation as I, and many others of my age and experience, have grown accustomed to doing to our unpleasant ones.

My mind’s eye is focusing on a big-old ice cream cone. (Spoiler – I know what that means – go to ice cream shop.)

Keep thinking happy thoughts.


Image from Massey’s Frozen Custard https://www.facebook.com/MasseysFrozenCustard?ref=br_tf




2 responses

14 01 2015
Eric Tonningsen

Or simply sit in a comfortable chair at home with a pint of one’s favorite Ben & Jerry’s. 🙂

14 01 2015

Now THAT”S a happy thought, Eric.

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