virus: Self-observation

Richard Brodie (
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 11:08:14 -0700

Eric the Enlightened wrote:

>Ultimatly, I think that the best way to "have a good time" in this
>is to let yourself experience things without thinking about
>them. No throughts like "gee... I'm having a good time now" because
>ultimatly such thoughts only take away from the pleasure of the
>experience. In trying to quantify and qualify the experience, you
>become an observer of yourself (consciousness) and then cease to be a
>participant in the event. Thus robbing yourself of it.

I was on a cruise ship last December. To my surprise, when my friend and
I boarded the ship, we learned that a movie was being filmed during the
seven-day cruise. The movie opens July 2. It's called "Out To Sea" and
stars Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, and Brent Spiner among others. I
might be in the corner of the screen in one or two shots, but I don't
know for sure.

Anyway, there I was playing blackjack in the casino when a cute blonde
comes in and sits down at the table with me. Not thinking about
experiencing things, I simply enjoyed her presence. Only later did I
discover that she was in fact a well-known starlet who apparently has
been on television (LA Law). I wished I had known that when we were
sitting together. It would have added to the experience.

Neurotic self-observation can detract from life experience, but healthy
Level-3 self-awareness can add to it.

Richard Brodie +1.425.688.8600
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