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  • Tuesday, April 03, 2007

    delusions

    8. Medical history tells us of the case of a man living under the peculiar delusion that he was a fried egg. Quite how or when this idea had entered his head, no one knew, but he now refused to sit down anywhere for fear that he would ‘break himself’ and ‘spill the yolk’. His doctors tried sedatives and other drugs to appease his fears, but nothing seem to work. Finally, one of them made the effort to enter the mind of the deluded patient and suggested that he should carry a piece of toast with him at all times, which he could place on any chair he wished to sit on, and thereby protect himself from breaking his yolk. From then on, the deluded man was never seen without a piece of toast handy, and was able to continue a more or less normal existence.

    9. What is the point of the story? It merely shows that though one may be living under a delusion (love, the belief that one is an egg), if one finds the complementary part of it (another lover under a similar delusion, a piece of toast) then all may be well. Delusions are not harmful in themselves, they only hurt when one is alone in believing in them.



    (Alain De Botton, p.98)

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    9 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great excerpt and it makes good sense too! How about a toaster to heat things up a bit? Does Mr. De Botton mention anything in that matter? :)

    n

    April 03, 2007 5:16 pm  
    Anonymous sage said...

    KORYFAIO!!!
    Xilaren, egrapses pali!

    April 03, 2007 5:29 pm  
    Blogger provato said...

    από ποιο βιβλίο του Α ΓΑ ΠΗ ΜΕ ΝΟΥ είναι αυτό το απόσπασμα γλυκιά μου τυρόπιτα;


    μπεεεεεε :-)))

    April 03, 2007 6:12 pm  
    Blogger Xilaren said...

    n: havent got that far yet...
    sage: "antegrapses" 8es na peis!
    mpeeee: essays in love. (ax, na eixame mia tyropita kai as itan kai glykia!)
    :)

    April 03, 2007 7:00 pm  
    Blogger enteka said...

    :):)

    April 04, 2007 9:05 am  
    Blogger Ιφιμέδεια said...

    Super! Πολύ ωραίο κομμάτι και πολύ αληθινό!

    (Αρνάκι θα σουβλίσετε στα Λονδίνα;)

    April 05, 2007 5:48 pm  
    Blogger Xilaren said...

    το έτερο μπλογκο-ήμισυ, που σιχαίνεται και το αρνάκι, θα σουβλίσει κάπου στα περιχώρα των Αθηνών, εγώ θα ξεποδαριαστώ στο Λονδίνο κάνοντας τον τουριστικό οδηγό.

    χρόνια πολλά κλπ κλπ
    :-)

    April 06, 2007 6:28 pm  
    Blogger mourga said...

    teleio...:)))))
    kali anastasi, kala na peraseis!
    osoi kanoun pasxa makrya apo arnia kai katsikia einai tyxeroi!
    filia!!!!

    April 07, 2007 4:22 am  
    Blogger Xilaren said...

    hey mourga baby!!! ela pisw kai 8a se perpatisw egw sta kalytera tourkika tou angel! (what do you mean you dont eat meat!? we'll order lamb! :-PPP)

    April 08, 2007 4:17 pm  

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