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The other day while I was running, I was listening to the audiobook of Breakfast of Champions and I got to the climax of the book, when Dwayne Hoover goes on his rampage and Rabo Karabekian explains his painting to the citizens of Midland City.  He explains that his abstract painting, a single band of color on a dark backdrop is a human soul.  That when you strip away everything else away, when you take away gender and race and class and setting and context, all you have left is a single unwavering band of light.  In his ugly painting, there was beauty if it was but understood.  At this point Dwayne Hoover, who has just learned that people don't have souls, that they are just robots programmed to do whatever they are doing, goes on a rampage and starts to beat people up, because they don't feel anything.  They don't have souls.


The Temptation of St. Anthony

And I was thinking about Bukowski's "60 yard pass" and how he says that without "the possibility of the miracle" (and a miracle is a work of God, something divine, the soul's action on the Earth) that he would "shoot all the lights out of this fucking city."  Bukowski, like Dwayne Hoover, would rampage and destroy everything if it wasn't for the miracle.  Bukowski even refers to people as "malfunctioning," like they are Dwayne's robots.

And I worry that's one of the reasons everything is so fucked.  For so many people, people are robots, they are soulless worthless things.  That nothing is sacred.  The Earth is just a thing and things don't matter.  We have seven billion people on the planet and so many of them are shooting the lights out of the fucking city right now.

Date: 2011-11-30 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] c-maxx.livejournal.com
Is this why it's important for us to have purpose in life?

Personally I believe in a higher power, who may be the collective unconscious, but don't believe in a devil. I consider the countervailing forces to be God and Chaos (or entropy), that WhoEverRunsThisPlace provides a system, and order to the system, and chaos tries to shake things apart, down to random pieces.

So we can either work with WRTP and his/her/its system, or we allow falling apart to take over. I think we with purpose may be a minority, but an important and influential one....

Tho I used to be an agnostic, I've seen h.p. bring too many things into my life for it to be coincidence. Tongue in cheek: "Throw that dude a bone, his tongue has been hanging out so long!"

Guess we have to work for those important things!

Date: 2011-12-03 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dakini-grl.livejournal.com
I keep coming back to this post. I think it's because I agree, and because this time of year, I find myself searching, trying to build my sense of wonder in the world as people seems to get swallowed in holiday hype. Especially this year, when I wonder how we ever got so polarized as this. Sometimes I imagine it's how my parents felt in the 60s.

Just wanted to say I'm reading, and thanks.

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