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August 4th, 2008

REMEMBERING

You might want to check out the August 3rd entry by raining_kisses," Predator and Perdition, Parasite and Prey" at
http://raining-kisses.livejournal.com/.

raining_kissesdoesn't exactly do an obit for Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, but, with two quotations from "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" - she draws a sharp parallel between the pared-down-to-the-core of bare primal reality, and how one can deal with it as an individual, whether in the graphic descriptiveness of Solzhenitsyn's gulag, Victor Frankl's search for meaning in concentration camps, Steibeck's search for dignity in The Great Depression, or the choices one makes in a society in slow-motion decline, as in the USA today. That she concentrates on the latter derives directly from all of the former, and makes all such 'hierarchies of values' all the more important, one or perhaps two paychecks from the street corner. Let the pseudo-comfortable smirk; a tinker-toy class war in which those two paychecks from the homeless shelter look down on those hoping to make rent *this* month.

 



"Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible."
Man's Search for Meaning, p.172


 

FOR THOSE IN NEED



From the subgenius folks, called to my attention on Facebook.

Artist: Blue Oyster Cult
Album: Imaginos
Lyrics: Les Invisibles

Along the world axis
The Empress lay sleeping
To the rhyme of the, of the, of the star clock
Seven sleepers
Seven sages
Seven ladders to the, to the
Seventh heaven
Seven stars
Had Ursa Major
Tables turning, turning
And rain maker
While the seven
The visitors
All went, all went
A drumming
Dance a Don Pedro
Do the Don Pedro
Games after death
Night dances 'round
Samedi and Petre
In Alchemy
Salute the Four Quarters
Before I leave your eyes
Twinned in the mirror
Les Mesteres come
End me adoration
Before I leave your eyes
World in the mirror
Waters of amnesia come
Do you know (do you know), do you know (do you know)
Do you know (do you know), do you know (do you know)
The court of Eve
Beneath the Polar Mountain
Rose cross and crosser there
Symbols of the swan
Aerial races
In rotation over
The magical casement
Visions of a parallel world
Dance a Don Pedro
Do the Don Pedro
Games after death
Night dances 'round
Samedi and Petre
In Alchemy

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