by A Dervish
IT Is a useful heuristic tool, merely & not always appropriate of employment — I mean the developed perception of layered & latent meanings, in texts. This stuff of course can be — is, alas! — abused; but, when it conduces to a better perception of 1) shadow & 2) possibility, then for a developed 13th-century personality such as myself, it is the sine qua non & “all that old shit,” as they say, here in southern Minnesota & At Home Among The Un-Mahometan God-Damned & The Hog-Farming (smirk!)….
ANYWAY, The more-important point, from my viewpoint, is that ‘it all’ of course does begin as, precisely, phantasy. In our extraverted western set-up, of course, this leads straightaway to, you guessed it, Paulie Wolfwits, new strip-mauls everywhere, Auschwitz and all of the rest of the filth of — instantaneity!
[CAUTION: I neither deny nor trivialise anything; I remember what my dad fighting with the Foreign Legion said he saw at Buchenwald, in 1945; and, nothing we can say, now, may make any worse the petty nastiness of late-modernist extreme state-liberalism!]
ALSO — And, this is a point I have not rehearsed enough of late! — by ‘western’ I most definitely do mean to include islam. That assertion, once enunciated, should be so self-evident, I think, that I don’t need to bore & insult everyone here with a rehearsal of the facts of cultural monotheism & its fruits of scientific realism & cet.
AT Any rate, afterward — and, old MuHammad (pbuh) made some crack about this too, once! — again after, mind you, there comes China.
PS: Have any of you read Mr Jack Vance’s stories of The Dying Earth? To tell you the truth, for a loving portrait of an adventitious arsehole, indeed, Cugel the Wayfarer cannot be beat & the ouevre of Mr Vance is most certainly to be commended to the biographers of any ‘baby-boom’ ‘leaders’!
[Emmett R Smith
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[29 May 2007]