May 31, 2006

Meat On A Mission

An interesting description of the changes in one's mental state caused by parenthood:

It is an uncomfortable reminder of our legacy as gene propagation machines, a limpening of our certainty that our mind steers our destiny alone. We are animals, and our meat is hellbent on a mission. The state of our minds is a secondary consideration to that mission, and feeling the process happen can cause our illusion of clarity to pale.
Sometimes, I am struck by the extent to which caring for an infant has caused me to lose my mind. Like after buying 1200 paper plates at Sam's Club last week and then leaving them sitting in the cart as I drove off - and then not even realizing it until the next day. I'll probably be illiterate by the time Gloria turns 10.

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