Saturday, April 27, 2013

Haphazard Study of Life and Death Using Symbolism

Semen may be attracted to funeral urns, because astronauts love evidence of matter in space.

This goes along with the idea that children are evil according to the Catholic Church, or more accurately children seek to explain their own lives by any means, including exaggeration. It would be interesting to tell how contingent this so-called evil is upon events in history such as Darwin's writings, and the relation between the Children's Crusade and birth pains. Every time a major concept is played, it is as though someone plays the fool as well, so where evolution meant something intellectually, it was also a detraction from the basic biology. No one could deny the contrast at least.

Teenagers love irony the way children love truth. This is a form of virtue, virtue in its bitterest most original form. Some would say that Christ or even Krishna, are teenage gods who have realized the principle of original virtue, that is, the principle of the teenager. Yet in some cases, this irony is itself a truth, suggesting that truth is a virtue in itself, and that whatever develops from irony is also original in a similar sense to the way virtue is original.

Young adults are said to have developed some character or experience which they have not in earlier life. It might be an exaggeration to call this 'wisdom' in every case, but it could be a form of pragmatism. I will shy away from calling all young adults professionals, but certainly there is a quality of proficiency which might not have been present before. Yet could proficiency develop from virtue the way that irony developed from truth? I would choose instead to follow the older rule, and say that young adults are 'sophisticated'. This is in keeping with the measurements made by the sophomoric.

Where a young consul is merely proficient, a slightly older consul is accomplished. This is in keeping with the idea that this fourth stage is sophistication. Yet in some ways, sophistication is a gift that must be kept at arms-length. The sophisticate may also be a liar, an actor with a mask, or someone humbled by life's journey. Sophistication is attracted to freedom, and by entailment, problems and solutions. Some would call this the 'anticipated center' of life. Although everyone is trying to achieve sophistication, it is largely unattainable. The basic facts of life are not sophisticated at all.

Perhaps disappointed, middle-aged people are looking for surprises, and life itself. Some would say these are the most qualified to have children. But they certainly aren't looking for a funeral urn, irony, virtue, and perhaps not sophistication. They have learned the lesson that sophistication is evil.

Old people are looking for actualization. They are looking for the things they missed along the way. Again, they are certainly not looking for a funeral urn. But they have a blindness to what it means to the semen. They are also looking for something beyond the ordinary, in effect something other than what they have already experienced. But this thing they are looking for is not dust, or irony, or virtue, or sophistication, or surprises. Without considerable resourcefulness, they have run out of rope.

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