eThoughts : August 1, 2012: Dick and Jane, Part I

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Warning: The following may seem cynical and depressing, but is actually meant to be an inoculation against cynical and depressing.

See Dick notice himself. At first others think it’s cute. When Dick is older, others will worry he is self-absorbed. So will Dick. It will be tough to change reality.

See Jane notice herself. At first others think it’s cute. When Jane is older, others will still see it as cute. So will Jane. It will be tough to change reality.

See Dick notice others. See others notice Dick noticing. See Dick wonder what others are noticing. See others smile because they notice Dick noticing. See others believe Dick is growing up. See Dick decide to play instead. See Dick feel vaguely guilty.

See Jane notice others. See others notice Jane noticing. See Jane wonder what she should do. See others believe Jane wants them to tell her what to do. See Jane doing what she is told. See Jane feel vaguely guilty.

See Dick notice Jane. See Dick noticing Jane noticing him. See Dick smile.

See Jane noticing Dick noticing her. See Jane smile because Dick is noticing.

See Dick believe Jane likes him because she is smiling. See Jane smile because she believes Dick is liking her.

See Dick and Jane believe they’re off to a good start.

See Dick notice other guys noticing Jane. See Dick wonder what’s up. See Dick get protective.

See Jane notice other guys noticing her. See Jane smile.

See Jane notice Dick is not smiling. See Jane frown at Dick.

See Dick believe he’s in a bad spot. See Dick frown.

See Jane believe Dick is in a bad spot. See Jane smile at Dick.

See Dick notice other girls are noticing him. See Dick smile.

See Dick notice Jane is not smiling. See Dick frown.

See Jane believe she can put Dick in a bad spot. See Jane smile at Dick.

See Dick believe he’s in a bad spot—again. See Dick frown.

See Dick problem solve. See Dick ask Jane to marry him. See Jane smile. See Dick believe he is in control.

See Jane accept Dick’s offer. See Dick smile. See Jane believe she is in control.

See Dick and Jane believe they’ve overcome the problem and are off to another good start. See Dick and Jane’s family agree.

See the mess Dick and Jane are in. See Dick and Jane not notice the mess.

See others hope that Dick and Jane don’t notice.

See Dick and Jane learn they shouldn’t notice. See Dick and Jane feel vaguely guilty.

See Dick and Jane problem solve. See Dick and Jane decide to buy a home and stuff and begin careers. See how easy it is for Dick and Jane to not feel guilty when they are so busy.

See Dick begin to not notice Jane. See Jane begin to not notice Dick. See that Dick and Jane didn’t notice in the first place, but it doesn’t matter now because things are worse.

See Dick and Jane problem solve. See Dick and Jane decide to have children. See everyone smile.

See how Dick and Jane have even less time to notice the mess they’re in because they have a home and stuff and careers and children.

See Dick and Jane believe life is good.

See how Dick and Jane’s children begin to believe.

See how some human cycles work.

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