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Freedom’s Failure (3)

June 29, 2007


A modern consumerist society dissolves the distinctions between good and evil, right and wrong, in the absolutist senses that used to apply to daily human conduct. For the most part rules for living are now informal. I think we would now be shocked by the sorts of social expectations, conformities, and restrictions that existed until […]

Freedom’s Failure (2)

June 28, 2007


After all, look at me.  Have I changed?  I wear my hat.  Grey as dust.  Can I?  No?  Yes?

Freedom’s Failure

June 27, 2007


To what degree can an act be pessimistic?  And is it something that should be thought about at all, how much of a failure this or that act is likely to be?  Should the idiom be: Fail again, fail better?  You set out to change the world but in the end it is the trivial that commands […]

Reason’s Idiots (2)

June 26, 2007


A C Grayling on God is not Great.  [Independent on Sunday, 24 Jun 07.] He behaves in the usual way; cheers from the sidelines someone who has the rational steadiness to realise folly when he sees it.  But one has to question how this can be rational: “Hitchens … answers the weary canard that the […]

Scraps (1)

June 23, 2007


Science fiction is full of longing.  But it longs for what doesn’t exist.  Which is why it longs for it.  The search for content is not factual but categorical. 

Happy Days

June 22, 2007


Saw Beckett’s Happy Days.  Unending daylight.  The apocalypse.  A fossilized narrative sense. The ‘story’ has stopped.  Or almost stopped.  Nothing happens.  Or: almost nothing happens.  Only a toothbrush and a handbag occur as events along with Willie’s reading a ‘stopped’ newspaper, his body crawling over the rubble.

Reason’s Idiots

June 20, 2007


Foolishness can be rational too.