I don’t want to taint the Think Tank with bad vibes, so let me tell my story quickly before we enter. It was a horrible, stressful, overwhelming week at work (this is why I need to write full time!!!). We work in teams of three, and both of my other team members were out all week due to serious health issues (I resent your accusations that I had anything to do with their maladies!!!). You don’t even have to generate Deep Thoughts to imagine how difficult that made my life.
So let’s put on our Deep Thinking togas and enter the Think Tank now. The Think Tank is a safe place. No one can bother us here. Modern Philosophers only inside this Bunker of Deep Thought.
Remember how this works…I toss out a topic, we ponder on it, and then we share what our brains conjure up on the subject. There’s no wrong answer, so just speak your mind.
Since I’ve had a terrible week and thought about just leaving the office and running away, I thought that would make for an intriguing topic.
This week’s topic: If you could just get in your car and drive off, to what destination would you run away? It doesn’t have to be a place of comfort. You could go to this place to vent your frustration or hide from the world…
I wasn’t sure how to answer my own question, which led to a very good session of Deep Thinking. Excellent.
Normally, when I run away, my destination is The House on the Hill, which has become my bunker and Philosophical Fortress of Solitude. However, to give that answer would have been a lame cop out. So I exercised the gray matter further and came up with…
The Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. Depicted on the left, it is my favorite lighthouse in Maine, and has somehow earned this reputation as sacred ground in my mind. It played a crucial role in the screenplay for The Retirement Party and is someplace I really long to take The Girl Who Is My Guiding Light.
As you can see from the photo, the walkway out to the lighthouse is jagged and cracked, and made up of multiple pieces of rock, which adds to the sense of adventure. For some odd reason, that calms me, the guy who is scared to death of water.
When I survive the perilous journey out to the light at the end of the breakwater, there is a sense of relief and accomplishment. Add to that an amazing view, and it makes the perfect place to run away to when I need the world to slow down and stop annoying the crap out of me.
So what about you, Modern Philosophers? Where would you go?
Whatever you decide to answer, I’m just glad you came to the Think Tank this week…