- Acatalepsy (the idea that it is impossible to truly comprehend anything)
- Eleutheromania (intense desire for freedom)
- As usual, there is no restriction on the format or length of the piece. You can get as creative and innovative as you want.
AND YOU ARE?
Madelaine lovingly fondled her Crispy Crunch. How
long has it been, she sighed. How long have I longed
to shove this big chocolate morsel into my gob. Gob!
That’s what they called hungry mouths at the Spa. Assholes
just don’t get it! “They couldn’t possibly comprehend
anything!”, she said out loud, then quickly calmed herself.
Fuckers ought to deal with my problems day in and day out, she
grumbled, as she grudgingly slipped into her shoes. NO!
How could they? They’re not sitting here in a cramped office
for eight to ten hours a day. NO! They have their freedom!
They’re out in the world quenching they’re desires!
One day I’m just going to just, walk out of here! Free at last!
“I think I’m going to choke!” she gasped as she loosened her collar
and came to her senses.
“Well!” she sighed, “Got that off my chest!” as she lovingly
hid her Crispy Crunch at the back of her drawer.
“PAUL!” she hollered. “Bring in our next guest. I’m ready
now. And send him in with the test papers.”
“The idea of any compulsive acataleptic, freedom loving
getting by me is incomprehensible!” she strategized.
“My job indeed!”
“Hi” she smiled sweetly. “I’m Madelaine,
and you are?”
©J.E.Goldie July 12 2019
Acatalepsy (from the Greek α̉-, privative, and καταλαμβάνειν, to seize), in philosophy, is incomprehensibleness, or the impossibility of comprehending or conceiving a thing. It is the antithesis of the Stoic doctrine of katalepsis or Apprehension. According to the Stoics, katalepsis was true perception, but to the Pyrrhonists and Academic Skeptics, all perceptions were acataleptic, i.e. bore no conformity to the objects perceived, or, if they did bear any conformity, it could never be known.
Eleutheromania, or eleutherophilia is “a mania or frantic zeal for freedom”. Some usages of the term make it sound like it could be used in a medical context with a hint of an irrational disorder, such as John G Robertson’s definition that described it as a mad zeal or irresistible craving for freedom. However other usages assign to the term normal human emotional responses such as a mere passion for liberty. Individuals with this condition are called eleutheromaniacs. An antonym for the term is eleutherophobia. An individual that fears freedom is an eleutherophobe.