I think it was ‘American’ consciousness that really wounded me, because it could not be more split, or absolute either. Drive down a Texan highway and you will see churches and huge neon crosses on one side of the road, and ranks of porn cinemas on the other. Democrat vs Republican, them and us, the creation of ‘other’, brutally done very often to energise the great captialist powerhouse. It could not be more a place of ‘tribal victories’. So here are three epigraphs to the unpublished Scream of the White Bear.
According to a series of studies by the U.S. Geological Survey, future reduction of sea ice in the Arctic could result in a loss of two-thirds of the world’s polar bear population within fifty years.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
“The modern hero…cannot, indeed must not, wait for his community to caste off that slough of pride, fear, rationalized avarice, and sanctified misunderstanding. ‘Live’ Nietsche says, ‘as though the day were here.’ It is not society that is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse. And so every one of us shares the supreme ordeal – carries the cross of the redeemer – not in the bright moments of his tribes great victories, but in the silences of his personal despair.”
Joseph Campbell – The Hero with a Thousand Faces.