Cognition & Reality

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Staring At Goats

Filed under: Film,Perennial Philosophy,Relational Somatic Psychotherapy — drtone @ 11:07 am

I’m watching “The Men Who Stare At Goats,” a funny movie about a mythical secret psychic unit in the Army. It makes excellent use, at one point, of a dachshund puppy. That proves it’s a great movie. Anyway, it reminded me of something my best friend said to me yesterday.

She said, “The mind thinks it has things in neat packages, but then when you explore the emotional side, it’s not so neat. Imagine you’re afraid of goats. The mind would put them all in a nice pen, a nice goat pen. But say you climbed over the fence. A goat would piss on your leg. Another would step on your foot. They would smell bad. That’s how it is with the mind and emotions.”



  1. Being with goats is quite different from thinking about goats whether or not one is afraid of them. That’s a good point. The world of feeling is so much less tidy than the world of the mind, maybe not so much the mind but that portion of the mind that is sometimes called the “intellect”. The mind is a tool, and a mighty good one too. Reality is so much fuller and richer than the diagramatic weavings of the mind’s concatenations. Caroleen

    Comment by annie wallack — Sunday, 8 August 2010 @ 11:24 am | Reply

    • Yes, I might have said “intellect,” rather than “mind.” It’s an important distinction.

      Comment by drtone — Sunday, 8 August 2010 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

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