Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Overwhelming Question

That phrase in Eliot's poem, "The Love Song
of J.Alfred Prufrock" is perhaps the objective
correlative for man's existential fear, and why 
so many people spend their lives trying to
avoid it.

"Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?'
Let us go and pay our visit."

Do not ask the overwhelming question: "What 
is the meaning of life?" No, no, measure out 
your lives with coffee spoons. There will be time
to contemplate life, once you're retired...once the
children are grown...once you've paid off the

Stay away from human voices, or, you''ll drown
is the fear. Stay away from the truth. When you 
die, they will place your hands like this...your
necktie rich and modest yet asserted by a simple


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