The Underground Lady [Page Ten]

The Underground Lady has an awful, persistent habit that I noticed—she tends to draw out her stories too long.  A fascination with the so called art of storytelling is a dangerous pitfall of living alone, and shows a deterioration in the ability to determine when the audience is no longer listening.  Most people detest long stories and always have.

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Fables are the most popular form of stories, and always will be.  This is the reason for the continuing success of comic book heroes and their adventures.  They represent a degraded form of of fable, only without any real lesson.  Moral knowledge should be like fresh bread to the senses, but comic book morals are stale toast.

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Being unable to make aesthetical distinctions, people are easily misled.  This is a matter of degree, but the relation holds firm regardless of how extreme or mild the situation.  Fascists have the worst taste: they see art as so many toys to possess.  But then, so does the consumerist.

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Fascism comes in many forms, shapes and sizes.  It’s as much to say that the tens of thousands of bombs dropped on Berlin in 1944 blew millions of shards of the Reich around the globe.  Some of them landed in strange places.

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Schizophrenia has become a bad ‘official’ habit of millions, like chewing one’s nails in public, or spitting. 

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If a friend calls and invites me out for a drink, I don’t know what the true intentions of the meeting are until I show up, or long after.  Some social meetings are just that, others are subterranean events that only show their true character weeks or even months later.

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Everyone should dance, really dance, at least once, when they’re still young.  There would be a lot less killing if that were the case.

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Dancing pre-cursors sex.  If it doesn’t, regardless of the form it takes—whether samba or modern-interpretive or the wild ecstatic intricate twirlings practiced by Sufi dervishes—it’s not dancing.

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The prejudice against certain sex acts represents a leftover from an earlier superstition according to which the initiate to a sacred order could only pass into the group by submitting to the established members.  And since shaman were often treated poorly by the tribe until they were needed, we continue with this abuse of the sexually non-normative amongst us, while at the same time fearing them.  

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We each make our own project here on earth.  The rest is somebody else’s problem.

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