I tried to comment on this article directly but I am Blacklisted! Actually, it's probably not me but someone in my office - we're all on the same IP address. I mean why would anyone blacklist me? I'm as sweet as pie! Am I right? Hello? Anyone?
The Emperor of Ice Cream has written an article that I find wonderfully interesting and I thank him humbly for writing it. You can find it here: http://www.joeuser.com/index.asp?AID=147928
My response is as follows:
An amazingly insightful article. There are many of us who suffer in one way or another from the idea (to put it simplistically) that "something is wrong with Mother Culture". But how to describe this to the masses when it's a vague feeling at best that is difficult to put into words? I suspect that people who don't have this feeling probably won't "get" your article, which is not to say those people are stupid. On the contrary, I think they are lucky!
Anyone looking at my life from the outside would ask me "What the hell is your problem. You've got it all! What are you whining about"? Well obviously having the things I have are less important to me than having a life with some "meaning." Where does one find meaning when the purpose of our lives has been reduced to "buy house, get job, get married." That can't be all there is.
But wait, I'm getting sidetracked by my whining - again. My husband believes it's all about "pre-emptive death." One must die to themselves before they can take up the burden of living. I'm not going to be able to explain this correctly or eloquently, but perhaps you understand what I mean. Like this girl who needs to shuffle off her physical body before she can be in touch with the spiritual (the divine), each of us needs to have a death so we can stop worrying about death and get on with the business of living. Like people who have a near death experience and find their view on life altered forever.
I hope this makes some kind of sense. Thanks for the article.