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21 April 2004 @ 11:31 pm
There is a lot that can be said about a person's maturity when you know their position on dentistry.

For example, I'm for it.
Doomutilitygeek on April 22nd, 2004 08:14 am (UTC)
Theoretical dentistry
I'm for dentistry in much the same way I'm for the military. I think it's necessary and I'm glad it's being done. I'm just not interested in experiencing it on a personal level.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on April 22nd, 2004 05:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Theoretical dentistry
I think a person's sense of personal responsibility and attitude toward the "shit" parts of life shows through quite well in a dental setting. Cleanings have always reminded me of a sort of messy atonement ritual - the accumulated effects of not brushing and flossing enough will be taken out on your gums with blood. It's not individual events that are punished - just habits. I find that more satisfying, judicially, than the Rabbinical laws of atonement. And realizing that taking care of your teeth keeps you living longer, you can start hypothesizing about the ethical ramifications of brushing your teeth.

There is a story in there - somewhere - about how dentistry and Protestant guilt are joined at the hip. Especially with how clean your teeth feel at first, and how careful you try to take care of them - and then you just keep doing what you're doing, and the dentist plows new furroughs in your gums.

In short, I spent way too much time at the dentist on Tuesday, and I have a flair for the over-extended metaphor.
Doomutilitygeek on April 23rd, 2004 07:01 am (UTC)
Re: Theoretical dentistry
Does that make the emergency room like Catholic guilt, since you only have to screw up once?