Thursday, November 17, 2005

Sigmund Spot

Sigmund Spot wants to talk about a psychological phenomenon called projection. It's a little like ventriloquism, only instead of throwing your voice, you throw your personality. Sigmund Spot got to thinking about projection when he wrote his last post, Making omelets. In that post, Spot suggested there was more than passing similarity between what Katie said about Muslim extremeists and what might also be said about Christian fundamentalists.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

— Beyond Good and Evil - Friedrich Nietzsche

Could it be that people like Katie, who can't let 9/11 go, and who use it as the frame of reference for all of their thinking, have just been staring into the abyss too long? Spot thinks so.

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