The Underground Lady [Page Seventeen]

Thought strives toward its conclusion, and then, begins again.

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The search for origins is a beginning, no more.

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I am indifferent to the culture of mimesis and its analysis.  Only fools take it seriously.

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The Underground Lady knows what the point is—enough said.

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Existentialism frustrates those who believe in knowledge as a complete corpus from which we draw rather than one to which we are constantly contributing, and from which we are constantly subtracting, while at the same time we are continually stretching and rearranging and finally reducing it almost to its annihilation.  Essentialism is a failed attempt to retreat from the inescapable monstrosity of knowledge.

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Knowledge remains the property primarily of revolutionaries and mystics.  Everyone else is just visiting.

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Fundamentalism wanes eventually.  It’s in its nature, in its very construction that is, to lose its fieriness after a while.  In contemporary times America, along with many Middle Eastern countries, has seen the rise and fall of many fundamentalisms.  The latest to crumble was the blind faith in the debt economy.

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Religious fundamentalism is threatened with its own decline along with everything else today.  It is just as dependent on modernity as all other forms.

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What the dogmatists of every religious fundamentalist sect fear the most is the incipient rise of the cult of good works amongst the young and others within the ranks.  This could lead, as the leaders well know, to a radical shift in theology—to counterculture as they call it—or to an appeal for a localized (and therefore effective) form of leftism.

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What the Beats and the Hippies really represented was the binding together of people into a local communitarian existence through good works and good times.  Kerouac was their St. Francis, by way of Walt Whitman’s “nation of nations.”

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We should guard against the idea that as one gets older one fears death more and more.  Many among the aged are totally ignorant of their own mortality.  They believe instead that simply because some of their ideas may survive them, that in some way they will survive themselves.  These are the most dangerous people to be around, and in leadership positions, they are terrifying and awful.  Mao, remember, said that he would live forever—and he meant it.

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The Bohemian trusts no one.  Trust is insecurity masquerading as love.

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In true love, the matter of trust never comes up.  It only arises in the presence of the creeping recognition of some falsehood.

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One should wear one’s  fears proudly, and for all to see clearly, including oneself. 

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Tulgas says, “Give me the world if thou wilt, but grant me an asylum for my affections.”  Amen.

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