Paranoia in reverse

Quotes and Notes #82, January 22

“I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”–J. D. Salinger

I’m not paranoid, it’s true—They really are out to make me happy. Everywhere I go, I smile at people, I nod in acknowledgement, and sometimes I push the button on my throat and say, “hello.”

People smile back, and I know that a bond has been created. It’s a short-lived bond, but it ties me to humanity nevertheless. Sometimes people stop and speak a sentence or two in passing. Yesterday, a lovely lady showed me that she had eyes of different colors and told me the scientific term for it (which I forgot). Yes, I think there is a universal organization out there plotting to make me happy. I’m going to enjoy it.  Don’t forget to feed the birds and share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

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