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Thinking Abstention Month

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There are many campaigns beseeching the public to "Do X for a month", be it growing a moustache, giving up alcohol or chocolate, taking more exercise, or cutting down on smoking.

We consider it would be very beneficial if there were a campaign to "Give Up Thinking For A Month".

This would allow people to rest their brains. Deep cogitations, important decisions, policy changes, and-I'll-tell-you-another-thing in-the-pub-just-before closing-time arguments would be scrupulously avoided for a little over four weeks.

Thus any proposals put forward at this time may be regarded as trite, simplistic, and without merit.

We suggest the third month of your calendar would be the absolutely ideal choice for this scheme, as it will allow everyone to follow the excellent historical advice to "Beware The Ideas Of March" ...

8th of 7, Jan 25 2019

Richard II of England https://en.wikipedi...chard_II_of_England
" ... starved to death in captivity on or around 14 February 1400" [8th of 7, Jan 26 2019]


       I thought you did this last year. Your time will soon be up. Beware the march of ideas.
xenzag, Jan 25 2019

       For a great many, this is simply an observance formality, as to give something up implies prior activity, investment, or ownership of the thing being abstained from.
RayfordSteele, Jan 25 2019

       This entire edifice appears to have been built on a pun whose structural integrity is, at best, doubtful.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 25 2019

       Thinking Abstention Month could just be four weeks spent pondering doing sit-ups.   

       An Absinthe month would be interesting.
xenzag, Jan 25 2019

       Simple to organize - drink several bottles of the stuff on Day 1, remember nothing of the next thirty days ...
8th of 7, Jan 25 2019

       Baked by UK politicians of every stripe a very long time ago.   

       Before I was born apparently, major problem with the idea is due to not thinking they've no part of their intellect still functioning at a high enough level to remind them the month is up, it's been many decades since they started & "the month" is still going.
Skewed, Jan 26 2019

       This idea should be mfd'd for magic. Kings are never thin as a rule.
RayfordSteele, Jan 26 2019

       There is at least one example. <link>
8th of 7, Jan 26 2019

       Ironically, Richard II was followed by John of Gaunt.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 26 2019

       We have a joke "Learn Nothing Day" in home ed circles to emphasise that humans are learning machines.
nineteenthly, Jan 27 2019

       Very badly designed and manufactured ones, though. It's amazing the suppliers are still in business.   

       No manual, no warranty, no spare parts available, very long setup time, failure-prone ... there's no end to the disadvantages. Conversion into a cybernetic system is the only practical option. Join us ... don't be afraid ... you'll wonder why you ever hesitated ...
8th of 7, Jan 27 2019

       Joke's on you, I haven't thought for years!
Voice, Jan 29 2019

       ... and my, doesn't that just shine through in the quality of your ideas and annotations ...
8th of 7, Jan 29 2019

       I should probably confess that I've been plagiarizing the ideas of my great aunt Emma's cat. But I always add something to them. I have to do something to get back at him for beating me at tic tac toe.
Voice, Feb 01 2019


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