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01-06-2013, 02:35 PM
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HA - that would be great and far more plausible if Kevin thought there was a dog under his bed! Tongue

In his book, The God Delusion, Dawkins addressed the notion of the imaginary friend. I thought it was a fascinating section and I'm going to reread that part before the TTA book club gets to our discussion thread for it, on the 9th.

Actually, I'm going to listen to it again... Dawkins reads his own work so there's no mistaking his meaning. I really love my audio books - so handy - I listen while working and the day zips by! Shy

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01-06-2013, 02:51 PM
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THE MIND OF A CHILD

I envy Kevin. My brother, Kevin, thinks God lives under his bed. At least that's what I heard him say one night.

He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to listen, 'Are you there, God?' he said. 'Where are you? Oh, I see. Under the bed....'

I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room. Because I'm an atheist, Kevin's unique perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night something else lingered long after the humor. I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in.

He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties during labor. Apart from his size (he's 6-foot-2), there are few ways in which he is an adult.

He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 7-year-old, and he always will. He will probably always believe in a God, that Santa Claus is the one who fills the space under our tree every Christmas and that airplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them.

I remember wondering if Kevin realizes he is different. Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life and inability to distinguish fantasy from reality ?

Up before dawn each day, off to work at a workshop for the disabled, home to walk our cocker spaniel, return to eat his favorite macaroni-and-cheese for dinner, and later to bed.

The only variation in the entire scheme is laundry, when he hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a mother with her newborn child. I'm not sure if he knows that the washing machine isn't alive. I've never asked.

He does not seem dissatisfied.

He lopes out to the bus every morning at 7:05, eager for a day of simple work.

He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the stove before dinner, and he stays up late twice a week to gather our dirty laundry for his next day's laundry chores.

And Saturdays - oh, the bliss of Saturdays! That's the day my Dad takes Kevin to the airport to have a soft drink, watch the planes land, and speculate loudly on the destination of each passenger inside. 'That one's goin' to Chi-car-go! '
Kevin shouts as he claps his hands.

His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep on Friday nights.

And so goes his world of daily rituals and weekend field trips.

He doesn't know what it means to be discontent.

His life is simple.

He will never know the entanglements of wealth or power, and he does not care what brand of clothing he wears or what kind of food he eats. His needs have always been met, and he never worries that one day they may not be.

His hands are diligent. Kevin is never so happy as when he is working. When he unloads the dishwasher or vacuums the carpet, his heart is completely in it.

He does not shrink from a job when it is begun, and he does not leave a job until it is finished. But when his tasks are done, Kevin knows how to relax.

He is not obsessed with his work or the work of others. His heart is pure.

He still believes everyone tells the truth, promises must be kept, and when you are wrong, you apologize instead of argue. Except Kevin doesn't have the ability to discern if someone is lying or if they are really wrong, only if he believes they are wrong. Kevin isn't skeptical. He's gullible and it's not his fault. His brain isn't like ours.

Free from pride and unconcerned with appearances, Kevin is not afraid to cry when he is hurt, angry or sorry. He is always transparent, always sincere. And he trusts that an imaginary figure from a story book watches over him.

Not confined by intellectual reasoning, when he walks into church, like everyone else, he walks in as a child. Kevin seems to truly believe that his imaginary friend called god is real in a way that is difficult for an 'educated' person to grasp. God seems like his closest companion. I often wonder if Kevin hears voices in his head.

In my moments of doubt and frustration when bills are due and money is short, I envy the security Kevin has in his simple mind with all his needs taken care of and not a worry in the world.

It is then that I am most willing to admit that having a simple mind with people to look after your every need might be just like heaven. I call it Kevin's Heaven.

It is then I realize that perhaps he is the one with the handicap. My obligations, my fear, my pride, my circumstances - they all are the result of my normal brain with all of it's abilities in tact.

Who knows if Kevin comprehends things more complicated than "Mac & Cheese is good" ? After all, he has spent his whole life in that kind of innocence, praying after dark to some shadowy figure in his mind.

And one day, when the mysteries of Kevin's Heaven are opened, and we are all amazed at how good Mac & Cheese really is, I'll realize that simple minded boy who believed that an imaginary God lived under his bed had been faking his disability for 30 years and no one at his church was the wiser.

Kevin won't be surprised at all, he'll just be laughing.

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01-06-2013, 03:12 PM
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It's the old myth of the noble savage, translated to mental disability. The myth is unhealthy.

Give me your argument in the form of a published paper, and then we can start to talk.
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01-06-2013, 03:37 PM
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Slow Donnie








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01-06-2013, 05:02 PM
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Wasn't this a Stephen King novel?

Leviticus does not justify stupidity, but it is more than enough to define corruption of the human mind.

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02-06-2013, 07:56 AM
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So PJ has gone quite all of a sudden, I wonder why...
lol.

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02-06-2013, 08:13 AM
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(02-06-2013 07:56 AM)earmuffs Wrote:  So PJ has gone quite all of a sudden, I wonder why...
lol.

Uhm, Muffs, you spelled that wro-

Ohjesuschrist.

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02-06-2013, 08:18 AM
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See this face?
This is my "care face".
See this face?
This is my "don't care face".
Notice how they are identical? It's because I don't actually have a care face, because I don't care.

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02-06-2013, 08:31 AM
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(02-06-2013 08:18 AM)earmuffs Wrote:  See this face?
This is my "care face".
See this face?
This is my "don't care face".
Notice how they are identical? It's because I don't actually have a care face, because I don't care.

No, it's not that I'm laughing at...

I was reminded suddenly of a user who would write "quite" rather than "quiet" a lot. It tickled my funny bone. Big Grin

It wasn't you.

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02-06-2013, 08:48 AM
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(01-06-2013 03:12 PM)Hafnof Wrote:  It's the old myth of the noble savage, translated to mental disability. The myth is unhealthy.

That was pretty fucking awesome. Thumbsup

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