for the therapeutically forgetful:
have an idea for a new reality television show. No doubt
this will guarantee my success.
I call it "Road Trip," and here is the premise: Six
contestants are selected and given a brand new van. (Of course these six
will be extremely good looking. No one who looks like a normal human
being will even be considered.) The six gorgeous ones will then be flown
to Topeka, Kansas and given the simple instructions for the show:
1. They must travel only in the van.
2. They must travel together at all times.
3. They must take turns driving.
4. They must not communicate about their desired destinations.
Now here's the secret-ala-reality-TV twist: Each contestant is privately
instructed to drive to a particular destination in the continental
United States, and of course reminded that they must not under any
circumstances reveal their intended destination to the others.
Here are the six destinations assigned:
1. Miami, Florida
2. Fargo, North Dakota
3. Spokane, Washington
4. Bangor, Maine
5. San Diego, California
6. Richmond, Virginia
Once the beautiful contestants are selected, transported to Topeka, the
secret destinations assigned, and the seductive, exciting promos have
flooded the airwaves, we will be ready to begin. I see myself in a small
role, standing somewhere near the middle of Topeka, with a big
cheerleader's megaphone. After all the contestants have been introduced
to the television audience, the camera zooms in on me as I scream
through the megaphone at the top of my lungs, "ROOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAD
TRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIP!!!" And the van peels out.
That's it. What do you think? You would watch it, wouldn't you? Come on,
tell the truth.
Now just in case that my idea is not picked up by the networks, I will
tell you what the real point of "Road Trip" is.
The object of our reality television odyssey is for someone to recognize
that the whole thing represents the way a single person feels when he
doesn't acknowledge and accept that his consciousness is multiple, not
singular in nature. Without communication between the various aspects of
our personalities and especially without doing what it takes to develop
a strong "Decision Maker" within our consciousness, we are
like the contestants on "Road Trip" ---- traveling in all
different directions without understanding why we never seem to make any
I guess you could say that since we all have so many contestants within
us, we really need to do whatever it takes to choose a designated
Rutledge is the author of several books, including Embracing Fear. For
more information, visit www.thomrutledge.com or email email@example.com.