January 1, 2014

Touchstone 2 for 2014: The Wreck and the Raft

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"19. The old myth that his raft, his world, is especially favoured and protected now seems ridiculous. He has seen and understood the message from the distant supernovae; he knows the sun is growing larger and hotter and that his world will one day be a white-hot ball in a sea of flames; and he knows that the hydrogen bombs waiting and closer at hand. Inwards and outwards the prospect before him is terrifying. (Fowles, 1964)

"23. Hazard has conditioned us to live in hazard. All our pleasures are dependant upon it. Even though I arrange for a pleasure; and look forward to it, my eventual enjoyment of it is still a matter of hazard. Wherever time passes, there is hazard. You may die before you turn the next page. (Fowles, 1964)

"32. The whole is not a pharaonic cosmos; a blind obsession with pyramids, assembling, slaves. Our pyramid has not apex; is not a pyramid. We are not slaves that will never see the summit, because there is no summit. Life may be less imperfect in a hundred years' time than it it today; but it will be even less imperfect a hundred years after that. Perfectibility is meaningless because whatever we enter the infinite processes we can look forward with a wind of nostalgia for the future, and imagine a better age. It is also evil, because a terminus of perfection breeds a cancer of the now. For perfectibilitarians, perfect ends tomorrow justify very imperfect means today. (Fowles, 1964)

"33. We build towards nothing; we build (Fowles, 1964)

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FROM The Aristos - A Self Portrait In Ideas: John Fowles

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 1, 2014 9:29 AM
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"The Wreck of the Medusa" is a terrible and frightening story. Very few survived. I hate to think where I occupy that raft. With foresight, it would be better to mutiny before the captain ran us aground. Alas.

Posted by: ignore amos at January 1, 2014 2:05 PM
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