Empty Days

Friday, March 19, 2004



Hard facts on flimsy grounds ::

Misguided pride, vanity, humbling by circumstances - this is a whole mythology, the great mantle of religion as it permeates the whole of one's moral structure. But there is still that nagging detail - as to why some are "afflicted" with such world-defeating pride while others are not. The ancient answer would be - your demon. In contemporary language we might speak of a certain psychological constitution affected by so many obscure factors that at the very last we end up with that same "demon" again, differently named, but no less damnable.

I suppose there is such a thing as pride unhindered and giving way to maximum realization. In short - you might have been a happy devil. When we really fall into the epicenter of religious mythology is when pride defeats itself - then we have a full range of dire possibilities, all based on some moral prohibitions transgressed and bearing poisonous fruit.

The mythology of the tarot is a dark universe. Suffering is frankly depicted as the main course of life - the fattest dish on the menu. No evasions are permitted - you are to gobble it whole and damn you be if you choke on all the bones.

This is the hardest answer to the hedonistic tv universe implied in pop-psychology. Your hairiest demons are brought to the table and you are invited to consort and pay the price.

Fate presides over everything. The wheel of fortune grounding to dust all the innumerable pettiness of life - rise from the dead or rot and perish. Basically, joy and happiness are incidental - they're hardly even in the trumps. Rare, undeserved glimpses of fortune. Essentially, you are not entitled - the main point of the deck being to bring you out of your earthly merry pursuits. After you've choked on all the bones, that is.

It's therapy by the sword. Cutting you open. There is nowhere to flee.

Who needs truth?





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