Thursday, May 15, 2008
Leviathan, Inc. (wtih DiDi Feinstone's mensch Richie Blum at the controls)
"""People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something.""
Man flies with jet-powered wings
There you go, Nurse Starcraft
Posted by J at 2:01 PM
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When, in reality, the freakishness AND the wonder resides inside us all.
SK wants to suggest, I believe, that an endless search for novelty and adventure is a type of despair (or indeed, sin)--sort of the romantic's fallacy.
You see this with advertisements as well: the youthful partier consumers, sexy 'n hip, driving off into some impressive alpine scene in their Toyota 4-runner, with bank of America muzak playing on the i-pod, brews in icebox, etc.
SK was, decades before a Noam Chomsky arrived (and without praising Marxism), describing an "anomalous" human consciousness: we are not merely input-output devices as some behaviorists ...and neo-Darwinists.... all too easily insist.....One can respect SK's insights--and anti-reductionism--- without necessarily sharing his religious viewpoints (which are rather unique anyway)
Despair, yes, though, the origins of it are cowardice and self-deception (his theory of human corruption).
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