Now that I’ve been banned by the 1.3 billion citizens of China, I’ve finally come to realize that I have a problem and am in need of treatment. After all, when you manage to upset an entire country it is necessay to take a step back, reflect on your life and actions, and take a careful look at yourself in the mirror. Are there things, perhaps, that I do to provoke such rejections and responses. As I look at my life, I notice that there’s something of a pattern here. For instance, over the last couple of days I’ve been engaged in a discussion with Foucault is Dead over Deleuze’s transcendental empiricism. At a certain point, FiD simply terminated the discussion no longer wishing to talk to me about these issues. Perhaps I could dismiss this as a minor blip on the radar, but unfortunately something similar had happened yesterday with Anthony Paul Smith in another discussion about Deleuze.

Indeed, now that I think about it, I’m coming to see that just about anyone I interact with intimately in discussion has had to endure my periodic blow ups or tantrums when I get frustrated and don’t think dialogue is going my way. This too is how things went down with China. This is a serious problem that effects my personal relationships and the future of my career, so I think I need to do something about it. Hopefully just admitting I have a problem– Thank you China! –is a step in the right direction. Yet I’m now worried, as my years in analysis haven’t seemed to touch this symptom. Indeed, I wasn’t even aware of this symptom until the China affair. Consequently, I wonder if blog readers might have recommendations. Are there medications for this sort of thing? What about electro-shock therapy or a minor lobotomy? Is there some sort of 12 Step Program that I can attend? Is there some kind of program I can enter similar to that depicted in Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange? Can anyone attest to the quality of new age therapies involving Shamens and acupuncture? I see that there’s a sea otter named The Big Calabaza that is offering free online cognitive therapy, but I’m really not sure how cognitive therapy with a sea otter would work or whether it’s effective.

I know that the best help comes from those who help themselves, but I really don’t think I can do this alone.