Wichita Vortex Sutra

27 05 2009

From the opera Hydrogen Jukebox

Music by Philip Glass

Libretto by Allen Ginsburg

My Latest for Inside Catholic

27 05 2009


And other notes

First of all, if you haven’t read my latest essay for Inside Catholic, you can do it by clicking here.

My main goal in life, at least on an intellectual level, is to cease thinking in shibboleths. I say this because in the essay above, I had to try to steer clear of them, with limited success. For example, I really did not want to use the term, “incarnational”, for reasons I have outlined before. In too many circumstances, we let the words speak us, empty words, hollow words. Perhaps it is my Nietzschean adolecence haunting me, but people like to take refuge in such phrases, uttering them and mentally walking away, as if not wanting to be contaminated by the error of their interlocutor. That is why in a lot of ways, I hesitate to write pieces like the one above. But I still think at times that I have “something to say”, and often I have to speak the “language of the herd”. Of course, I know that there are certain points where we must accept such slogans since they say best what we cannot adequately say.
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