Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cirque De Descartes

As heard on the radio today, advertising The Circus:

"A show SO AMAZING, it will leave you QUESTIONING THE EXISTENCE OF REALITY."

Wait, seriously?

Seriously?

After laughing at this hyperbole for several minutes, I realized that I was failing to give them the benefit of the doubt. I mean, for all I know, the entire circus show is based on the philosophies of Descartes, forcing people to ask themselves how, indeed, they can know that anything exists outside of their own minds.

I Think, Therefore I Am--CIRCUS STYLE!

"Does this elephant balance on a ball because he exists, or because you think he exists and therefore should balance on a ball? But, if, as we have demonstrated, God is not a liar, then surely these FLAMING TRAPEZE ARTISTS are actually DEFYING DEATH! Assuming, of course, that death exists! And now, our dancing girls, 'The Cartesian Fallacies' will perform 'This Dance is a Lie!'"

Man. I'll bet that is an amazing show. Studying Descartes is always interesting, but learning his philosophies by watching someone stick their head into the gaping maw of a lion? Now THAT is philosophy in action.

(What? No, I'm not going on eight hours of sleep total for the last two days! And no, I don't have a raging head cold leaving me equal parts incoherent and hyper.)

(Oh, wait, yes I am and yes I do! I also have THIS:
Brace yourselves: Writing is hazardous to your health!

along with one child screaming "I WANT TO WATCH BOB THE BUILDER!!" and the other one guarding the TV so she can't. Hrm. I think I'd like to question the existence of this reality and put in a request for one with less congestion and more well-rested, pleasant children. Do you think going to the circus would do that for me?)

17 comments:

Natalie said...

First off, you look way too pretty to be sick. I look undead when I'm sick. But I am sorry you're sick.

But also really happy that it causing you to muse about Cartesian Circus performers.

Kiersten said...

I am HOT when I'm sick. The dark circles under my eyes really set off the green.

: )

Marybeth Poppins said...

Seriously!

I really should have joined the circus...I'd make an excellent elephant balancing on a tiny ball!

DebraLSchubert said...

The circus might not help your congestion, but at least it will pacify the kidlings for a while. I got a birthday card once that read, "I considered joining the circus... but figured that would be redundant." Hah!

Mariah Irvin said...

Wow. Descartes. I got my philosophical filling today.

Lindsay Price said...

Oh man. I want to see that circus!

DJ FOX said...

Feel better! And sleep!

Adam Heine said...

Kiersten, if in some alternate reality this writing thing didn't work out for you, you could totally teach philosophy.

And if there wasn't a university that allowed you to employ elephants and Cartesian dancers, you should take your show on the road!

Whirlochre said...

Oh my — you look like a malcontented girl band reject promoting her second doomed-to-fail solo album.

And — sorry to laugh out loud at your expense but this is your best post for some time.

Carrie Harris said...

At my house, it's "I want DORA!" To which I respond, "I want John Green!"

I mean, not WANT want. Just want to watch his videos.

Better stop before I dig myself any deeper.

Kiersten said...

Whirl, you and Hot Stuff seem to have similar tastes. He thought it was the best one in a while, too : )

And what do you MEAN my album is doomed to fail??

Carrie--Uh huh. Sure you didn't mean want want. Yup.

Stephanie Perkins said...

I agree with Natalie. You're way too cute to be sick.

Therefore, the brace must be fake too.

I WILL NEVER BELIEVE YOU EVER AGAIN.

Megs said...

Wow. You've got my head spinning too. But in such a delightful way. I can line up this period too. :) Whee...

Megs said...

P.S. I do wish you all the luck in retrieving your health. You and your mad writing skills.

Kiersten said...

Stephanie--You're on to me. It's actually a fashion statement.

And Megs--thanks : ) How is little Mouse?

Megs said...

She's just so darn cute; and sleeping pretty well too - the only problem now is I'm not. Whatever. We'll get it together one of these days. ;)

Kristan said...

Another writer with a brace! Sad, but comforting. I started needing one about a year ago. I do some wrist exercises now that help me not need the brace as much, but I still carry it at all times, just in case...