The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of War #4

5 comments :

Vanwall said...

Soon, so soon, it seems like some other, more enlightened, society will be saying the same of us. I'm ashamed for my children's children - they will have to live with our lowest-possible-denominator's lack of vision, do the explaining for the hateful few who are failing at basic governance, and forever wonder just what the hell ever happened to the Land of the Free.

BCNU

orangeguru said...

To a small degree we have swapped roles here: in Germany nobody would burn Harry Potter books or question darwinism. And we have given up on invading other countries for fun and pleasure ...

Anonymous said...

To compare life in the United States at this moment to Nazi Germany tells me one of two things: 1) you are both stupid and/or 2) You both really know nothing about Nazi Germany.

Anonymous said...

silly person, anonymous!

swac said...

Yeah, in Nazi Germany they probably had health care.