Emetology, Lobotomies, and the Supreme Court

“All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.” – Samuel Butler

No matter how hard you try you just can’t please people. Why even try? Such a waste of time, money, effort, sanity. This is not passing my “puke test” as Oliver Wendell Holmes would say. Today I again wondered how long I’m going to put up with this. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life at my current employment location, so the question is: when do I pick up and move on? I suppose as long as I go with the flow, but stay responsible. I just feel that there’s something more for me. I’m talented at so many different things… surely I wouldn’t think to decide to make money via a talent that makes me irritable and worn-down.

Howard Dully during his transorbital lobotomy, Dec. 16, 1960. Credit: George Washington University Gelman Library

Howard Dully during his transorbital lobotomy, Dec. 16, 1960. Credit: George Washington University Gelman Library

I recently heard a story on NPR, “‘My Lobotomy’: Howard Dully’s Journey,” and found it not only astonishing, but also inspiring.

I have an idea. It may seem a little far out, but what would happen if we lobotomize the Supreme Court? Remove emotion and suggest more logic to the court’s decisions. Not sure how much of a difference that would really make for the better, or if it would have any effect on removing partisanisms from the bench. I don’t understand how anybody would appoint or nominate someone to the Supreme Court that is on either extreme, left or right.

Even someone in the middle… I just don’t know. I know that left and right are relative – to each other – but then you have independents to escape the relativity, right? I think so many people aren’t thinking for themselves and determining what’s really right and wrong and can see things from all perspectives. And all of these people end up electing people “representing” their dulled thoughts. It doesn’t say much for the country. I just hope that the best thing happens, at least until we can start appointing Vulcans to the Supreme Court.

"It [being a Vulcan] means to adopt a philosophy, a way of life which is logical and beneficial. We cannot disregard that philosophy merely for personal gain, no matter how important that gain might be." - Spock, "Journey to Babel", stardate 3842.4

“It [being a Vulcan] means to adopt a philosophy, a way of life which is logical and beneficial. We cannot disregard that philosophy merely for personal gain, no matter how important that gain might be.” – Spock, “Journey to Babel”, stardate 3842.4

“Law makes everyone equal, but justice goes to the highest bidder.” – Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

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