Sometimes, A Cigar Is Just A Cigar

Apocryphally, perhaps, it is said that the “father of psychotherapy” Sigmund Freud was lecturing a group of distinguished doctors on unconscious drives, sexual sublimation and childhood traumas and so forth, all the while puffing enthusiastically on a cigar. During the question and answer period that followed, a doctor raised his hand and said: “Sir, you have just been lecturing us on phallic symbols and unconscious sexual metaphors and suggestive behaviors. But the entire time, you’ve been sucking on a stogie, a long brown tube giving you pleasure. Please sir, can you tell us what we are to