Ice cream is often consumed standing, unlike proper meals, which are typically taken sitting down. Defecation usually requires sitting or squatting. As the dining/defecating reversal in Buñuel's The Phantom of Liberty suggests, there's an affinity between "civilized" meal-taking and defecating. The sweet treat of ice cream is different: only people who are already "in shit" because they have small children (who cannot stand for themselves, at least in a controlled fashion, and eat ice cream at the same time) would sit at the Baskin-Robbins table. In this light, the furry creature suggests some repressed childhood toy, a remnant of another time without bodily control. And flavor indecision is another kind of lack of control — it's difficult to take action if you don't know what you want (the things people can do to you on the playground, while you're just thinking…). Yet letting someone else suggest to you what you might want is infantilizing, degrading.
If, on the other hand, all of the people in the dream are in some sense you, it may be that you yourself feel contempt for some nagging unresolved problem in which all of the choices seem equally bad, even if at one time the prospects might have delighted you. (The server’s creepy boredom, in Jungian terms, suggests a shadow figure who “know better.”) But if you go to the toilet, you can be assured that you have can take responsibility for your own metabolic functions, and you also don't have to choose, because the body chose for you. Thus, regarding this nagging unresolved problem, you would like the decision to emerge, as it were, naturally, without the work of taste or intellect.
Also, when I was younger I used to think that vanilla resolved heartburn. Now I know that if I have ice cream after dinner I will almost certainly experience reflux and reduced sleep.
― eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Friday, 18 September 2020 04:22 (one year ago) link
It all becomes so much clearer now when you explain it to me.
― the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Friday, 18 September 2020 04:37 (one year ago) link
I can bore people too!
― eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Friday, 18 September 2020 04:52 (one year ago) link
is this feeling an eternal fream?
― No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 18 September 2020 12:54 (one year ago) link