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Chuck Lorre thinks big thoughts ...

Chuck Lorre of "Two and a Half Men" -- getting slimed daily by Charlie Sheen -- has mostly been silent on the subject of his star, but no more! Last night, he posted this endnote on "Mike and Molly." It doesn't mention Charlie, but it doesn't have to. Here it is, and then . . . let's break it down! 

"I understand that I'm under a lot of pressure to respond to certain statements made about me recently.

The following are my uncensored thoughts. I hope this will put an end to any further speculation.

I believe that consciousness creates the illusion of individuation, the false feeling of being separate. In other words, I am aware, ergo I am alone. I further believe that this existential misunderstanding is the prime motivating force for the neurotic compulsion to blot out consciousness. This explains the paradox of our culture, which celebrates the ego while simultaneously promoting its evisceration with drugs and alcohol. It also clarifies our deep-seated fear of monolithic, one-minded systems like communism, religious fundamentalism, zombies and invaders from Mars. Each one is a dark echo of an oceanic state of unifying transcendence from which consciousness must, by nature, flee. The Fall from Grace is, in fact, a Sprint from Grace. Or perhaps more accurately, "Screw Grace, I am so outta here!"

Questions?"

Now, to our analysis:

"I believe that consciousness creates the illusion of individuation, the false feeling of being separate. In other words, I am aware, ergo I am alone."

-- Chuck's slight variation on the old Cartesian "I think, therefore I am" -- cogito ergo sum -- line that philosophy once revolved around. Clearly he's referring to Charlie's insane Hollywood-enabled narcissism.

"I further believe that this existential misunderstanding is the prime motivating force for the neurotic compulsion to blot out consciousness."

-- Carlos Castaneda! or sorta. We know where Chuck is heading here: The individual's need to skate to higher planes of consciousness where he can consort with the shamans via the aid of mushrooms, or in Charlie's case, piles of cocaine.

"This explains the paradox of our culture, which celebrates the ego while simultaneously promoting its evisceration with drugs and alcohol."

-- Yup. That's where he was headed.

"It also clarifies our deep-seated fear of monolithic, one-minded systems like communism, religious fundamentalism, zombies and invaders from Mars."

-- Or CBS, or the television industry, or for that matter, Chuck Lorre, who controls the TV industry.

"Each one is a dark echo of an oceanic state of unifying transcendence from which consciousness must, by nature, flee."

-- Here is where I think Chuck is holding out an olive branch to the besotted Charlie. It's almost a plea -- "I understand your pain, Charlie. I get it. It's in your nature -- being a drug-addled narcissist -- to flea from the sense that you are part of the human race. I feel so sorry for you . . ."

"The Fall from Grace is, in fact, a Sprint from Grace. Or perhaps more accurately, "Screw Grace, I am so outta here!""

-- A reference to his "Grace Under Fire," canceled by ABC when star Brett Butler's behavior became so insane neither the network nor Lorre could countenance it any longer? Maybe. But I think more likely a reference to the fact that he's had it - sick of Sheen's complete and utter self-destruction. This is sort of a "life-is-too-short" declaration, and maybe referencing the fact that he's done with ol' nutso Charlie. We shall see.

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