Ring ring, banana phone
January 5, 2018 12:28 PM   Subscribe

Is...uh...there a follow-up? With all the positive things to think instead? ASKING FOR A FRIEND.
posted by redsparkler at 12:54 PM on January 5, 2018 [19 favorites]

I agree with all of these, yes.
posted by The Gooch at 1:02 PM on January 5, 2018 [5 favorites]

So this is for real!? I Just read it as an inverted Maslowian kind of thing, your N levels into depression and misery... I interpret it as stop worrying and enjoy the lovely drawing of a banana
posted by uandt at 1:13 PM on January 5, 2018

Well now that song's in my head again thanks a lot
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 1:15 PM on January 5, 2018 [7 favorites]

Is...uh...there a follow-up? With all the positive things to think instead?
Let none deceive another,
	Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
	Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
	Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
	Should one cherish all living beings;
Radiating kindness over the entire world:
	Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
posted by Coventry at 1:19 PM on January 5, 2018 [8 favorites]

Positive counterpoint: Our Greatest Fear by Marianne Williamson.
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 1:25 PM on January 5, 2018 [1 favorite]

Hi brain why did you barf that on tumblr while I was asleep.
posted by Annika Cicada at 1:51 PM on January 5, 2018 [3 favorites]

Reminds me of one of my favorite ideas ever, which I probably found out about here on mefi. Albert Ellis's list of Irrational Beliefs:

* It is a dire necessity for adult humans to be loved or approved by virtually every significant other person in their community.
* One absolutely must be competent, adequate and achieving in all important respects or else one is an inadequate, worthless person.
* People absolutely must act considerately and fairly and they are damnable villains if they do not. They are their bad acts.
* It is awful and terrible when things are not the way one would very much like them to be.
* Emotional disturbance is mainly externally caused and people have little or no ability to increase or decrease their dysfunctional feelings and behaviors.
* If something is or may be dangerous or fearsome, then one should be constantly and excessively concerned about it and should keep dwelling on the possibility of it occurring.
* One cannot and must not face life's responsibilities and difficulties and it is easier to avoid them.
* One must be quite dependent on others and need them and you cannot mainly run one's own life.
* One's past history is an all-important determiner of one's present behavior and because something once strongly affected one's life, it should indefinitely have a similar effect.
* Other people's disturbances are horrible and one must feel upset about them.
* There is invariably a right, precise and perfect solution to human problems and it is awful if this perfect solution is not found.

From http://changingminds.org/explanations/belief/irrational_beliefs.htm
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 2:09 PM on January 5, 2018 [33 favorites]

Of course, there are times when some of these thoughts turn out to be true. That's what makes it hard to trust that the others are not.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 2:50 PM on January 5, 2018 [11 favorites]

If you want some positive fruit I suggest you watch this video of Santa dancing to the "Pineapple Pen" song.
posted by grumpybear69 at 3:08 PM on January 5, 2018

Fear is the mind killer, and I made a New Year's Resolution not to think about that stupid hand pain test, oh shit I'm never going to be the Kwisatz Haderach wearing this ugly ass stillsuit
posted by benzenedream at 4:15 PM on January 5, 2018 [6 favorites]

We have a concept like that in my circles(Christian). We call these sorts of thoughts UGBs (short for UnGodlyBeliefs)

It really is amazing how what we believe about ourselves-and about others-has such power. I think of the other story on the Mefi timeline-that about the 80 year old Baltimore City Councilperson who is helping people rally around her young assailants-she has chosen to believe these children have value. Too many chose to think otherwise.

It is not an easy thing to look at -and to name-the beliefs that drive us. Even harder to decide to change them. But oh, what a worthwhile and lifechanging thing it can be.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 4:40 PM on January 5, 2018 [1 favorite]

I bet that banana is overripe, and it's the last one.

I hate overripe bananas. :(
posted by BlueHorse at 5:33 PM on January 5, 2018 [3 favorites]

It is a cordless banana phone, the last of its kind. I got nothing, I wrote a long post on my phone, but the internets ate it, again.
posted by Oyéah at 6:39 PM on January 5, 2018

Gah, number 7 really is the best way to create an isolation vortex around me. Gonna try to be more consciously egalitarian about that shit.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:36 PM on January 5, 2018

My personal version of this, which needs periodic repetition:

Nobody cares what socks you wear.

And if they do, screw 'em. Weirdos.
posted by gottabefunky at 9:51 PM on January 5, 2018 [2 favorites]

Is that a banana or banana pepper?

This is a great reminder. A solid flick on the forehead. Thanks.
posted by mumblelard at 5:17 AM on January 6, 2018

Why an overripe banana? Why any banana at all??
posted by mermayd at 1:41 PM on January 6, 2018

Yeah. So much yeah.

Also reminds me of my favorite poem.

posted by Mchelly at 3:59 PM on January 6, 2018 [2 favorites]

"4. I must over-analyze & read between-the-lines to predict people's intentions to avoid being hurt."

Well, yeah. They're not trying to say that I shouldn't do this, are they? Because that's crazy talk.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 5:40 PM on January 8, 2018

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