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posted by [personal profile] mouseworks at 10:12am on 02/07/2011
I think one of the things that makes us human is our ability to believe in the reality of our words -- and that defending ourselves against the reality that our brains knew was one of the advantages of language (painting is always more death focused and more ironic).

What annoys me about the various people who talk about thing that would, if made real in the world, might be good is that they identify more with having made those utterances than making something of those utterances. Kenneth Rexroth, I believe it was, said something about the hypocrisy of the guy with a flame thrower in Vietnam who didn't feel the flame thrower identified him because he had a copy of WALDEN in his back pocket. Politics as identity in an "we are superior to those people" requires losing because if the politics worked, the politician would melt into the crowd.

We all identify with what we think we'd like to do more than with what we do.

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