Toward home

[T]he horrific struggle to establish a human self results in a self whose humanity is inseparable from that horrific struggle. That our endless and impossible journey toward home is in fact our home…[E]nvision us approaching and pounding on this door, increasingly hard, pounding and pounding, not just wanting admission but needing it; we don’t know what it is but we can feel it, this total desperation to enter, pounding and ramming and kicking. That, finally, the door opens…and it opens outward – we’ve been inside what we wanted all along.

David Foster Wallace, 1998. Rest in peace.

One response to “Toward home”

  1. Bob Jacobson says :

    Elegant quote.

    Recent events have demonstrated that the “Palin bounce” aside — a trivial, manufactured social phenomenon if ever there was one — the fundamental issues remain: capital vs. labor, wealthy vs. the rest, powerful vs. the powerless (or who think of themselves as powerless), and ultimately (as you so well point out in your previous post), hope in an unknown future vs. trust in an unremembered past. How you live. Your relation to other human beings. Not commitment to technology, rather, commitment to progress.

    To quote the Firesign Theatre’s prescient 1970 album of the same name, a stream of consciousness social commentary: “We’re all Bozos on this bus.” In which was contained an unforgettable quote issued by a woman on the street, “The future? Live it, or live with it.” We all have that choice to make, the only alternative being self-destruction now.

    F*ck the anxiety, engage life. Even a covetous stone knows better.

    — From Copenhagen, where finding good beer and food remains the most pressing problem.

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