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8.02.2006

Thanks for the book, Oded

I like it.
"Perhaps most people in the world aren't trying to be free, Kafka. They just think they are. It's all an illusion. If they were really set free, most people would be in a real bind. You'd better remember that. People actually prefer not being free."

"Including you?"

"Yeah. I prefer being unfree, too. Up to a point. Jean-Jacques Rousseau defined civilisation as when people build fences. A very perceptive observation. And it's true - all civilisation is the product of a fenced-in lack of freedom. The Australian Aborigines are the exception, though. They managed to maintain a fenceless civilisation until the seventeenth century. They were dyed-in-the-wool free. They could go where they wanted, when they wanted, doing what they wanted. Their lives were a literal journey. Walkabout is a perfect metaphor for their lives. When the British came and built fences to pen in their cattle, the Aborigines couldn't fathom it. And, ignorant to the end of the principle at work, they were classified as dangerous and anti-social and were driven away, to the outback. So I want you to be careful. The people who build high, strong fences are the ones who survive the best. You deny that reality only at the risk of being driven into the wilderness yourself."

2 Comments:

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

Part of the transcription I copied from this blog, from whose comment thread I was very pleased to learn that the more mystical aspects of the book are not wrapped up and resolved, as I was starting to fear might happen.

There was a good article in The New York Times a week or two ago about horror movies which summarized the issue nicely:

Americans crave explanation. “Every detail has to be logical. Why is the ghost flying? Why is the ghost walking? Why does the ghost attack that guy and not the other guy? They keep asking.” He shook his head slightly in frustration. “This is a ghost movie,” Danny said. “Ghosts are already illogical.”

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

I do not enjoy it when movies break their own rules.

A camcorder works when the power goes out in War Of the Worlds.
you can see it in this video:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=V9oAEaErUQE&search=war%20of%20the%20worlds

Also, I'd like a plausible Zombie timeline. I don't think society would break down so fast. It needs to be in the context of zombie movies.

Actually, that would make a great movie. A bunch of zombie movie fans make some super-kit. Bullets and such. Sell a few. Those that buy em fight off a surprise zombie uprising.

I'd see it. It would be a zombie-movie-fan's zombie movie.

 

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