Rob Abrazado (flatvurm) wrote,
Rob Abrazado

Art and life

So, as part of my new technique of trying to travel without a backpack, I've been choosing books to get out of the library based on whether they're small enough to travel in my jacket pocket. But anyway, I came across this passage recently, which I found quite apropos to my recent evaluation experiences:

"You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe."

Wilbur Mercer in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

Anyway, I don't agree, really, but I love the quote. It sort of frames the moral struggle differently in my mind...the idea that the fight to preserve an identity runs counter to the nature of life. I've always sort of thought of life as our struggle for order in a universe that tends toward chaos. That's sort of endemic to the human condition, in my eyes. And that's actually a big theme in this book, too, so...I don't think the two notions are that far apart from each other. But anyway, yeah. Identity.

Well...hitting the road again. Back to work.
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