Saccharine Mind

“Sodium saccharin (benzoic sulfimide) is an artificial sweetener with effectively no food energy that is about 300–400 times as sweet as sucrose but has a bitter or metallic aftertaste, especially at high concentrations. It is used to sweeten products such as drinks, candies, cookies, and medicines.


Saccharin derives its name from the word “saccharine”, meaning “sugary”. The word saccharine is used figuratively, often in a derogative sense, to describe something “unpleasantly over-polite” or “overly sweet”. Both words are derived from the Greek word σάκχαρον (sakcharon) meaning “gravel”. Related, saccharose is an obsolete name for sucrose (table sugar).”

Saccharine mind is that aspect of mind which is gooey, mushy, overly idealistic and a diversion from reality. It diverts the mind away from what it needs to be looking at and can come with much cooing. It is overly gushing and may ignore any underbelly, any aftertaste. As a rule of thumb people do not want to jolted out of saccharine mind. If you do this you can be seen as a kill-joy, a Grinch or someone who pisses on the fire. The bubble of reverie is burst, and people don’t like this. This is because people often prefer illusion to reality, reality can be inconvenient.

At the moment saccharine mind is being fed here in the UK. There is plenty to feed it; a royal baby, a royal wedding, the London marathon and Prince Charles and the Commonwealth. People are bigging him and Camilla up, to take over. We should all go, “ooh, isn’t it wonderful a new baby.” If you don’t do that you are a spoilsport. People forget that just like any other family, this one too has hardship and conflict. Saccharine mind does not want to see the bigger picture, it likes the gooey, the sweet and the artificial.

It is often an escape from reality, a form of comfort and a diversion. Saccharine mind suggests everything is hunky-dory even when it may not be.

Having cued this up:

Am I prone to saccharine mind?

Do I not like people to burst the bubble of saccharine mind?

If they do this, are they mean and nasty?