literature of the apocalypse_6

Zamyatin: We, finish
Zamyatin: “On Literature, Revolution, Entropy”

notes & response:
-“The novel of ideas”
-“That strange mutt of literature”
-We live in a materialistic world that believes the body produces the mind—where do you find freedom?
-Spiritualist version believes the mind produces the body
-“Man is condemned to be free”
-Frohm-“Escape from freedom”; society exists to remove the choice of freedom from the individual
-Man is a transitional being—a glorious, joyous, liberated event to always be in transition
-Everything I know and love will someday disappear
-A does not equal A in the universe, therefore there’s no sense of identity from one moment to the next
-We create language to slow this down and freeze time
-“The living have strength enough to cut away their yesterday”
-9 months——–>Birth→To be ripped from that perfectly integrated home; the only world you’ve ever known (integration→disintegration→integration→disintegration…)
-Either acclimate yourself to this temporary universe or move against it
-Use busyness to confront the power of freedom and choice
-“We need mobility among the options because they are merely representations”
-How can you feel poor amidst all these riches?
-Come up with a way to convince Americans that any pleasure/desire outside the marketplace is a perversion
-Technoaddiction, in comparison with alcoholism
-There’s a higher level of reproduction which is reproductive discourse (the role of the cell phone in it)
-It’s heresy to suggest that certain technologies aren’t good for us
-Is it revolutionary to move against evolution?—The Native Americans did and they were labeled “savages”
-Lobotomy and its interference with logical thought; first used on house wives to make them more productive
-Inventor of Lobotomy received a Nobel Peace Prize—Irony
-“Kill the Indian, Save the Man”
-Nothing happens in heaven; Nothing in the universe ever stays still
-How much “fun” in life comes from transgression?—Lack of imagination perhaps
-Christians worship entropy; the human imagination has to fail when confronted with that which is beyond the imagination
-How did One State come into being?—It had to be a product of the imagination
-Create chaos, wait for the call to order→Problem – Reaction – Solution is played out across the globe
-“Heresy”-comes from a verb that means “to choose” (criminal act?…Thought Crime)

This dialogue between writer and reader, creator and created, must be slowed down in order to appreciate the subtext. For it is within the subtext that we learn to accept the liberation of constantly being in transition. Perhaps this is where freedom lives—in the moments of speculation that consist of knowing that it’s okay not knowing? And who’s to say that this identity crisis taking place between moments of daily life isn’t what liberates us most, giving us brief but noticeable glimpses at an understanding of freedom? It’s the uncomfortable feeling of not knowing what happens next that suggests a change to break the cycle. However, it seems impossible not to struggle with the leftovers of our yesterdays. In response, we do what any living thing would think to do—we use language as a way to describe and approach the past, present, and future. This is the way we start to acclimate ourselves to the temporary universe. Culture and society tend to be the drivers of these decisions so that we can compare and contrast our desires with that of a larger whole. However, it is not perversion to be different or to break free from the norms that the surroundings have set. This is liberation, this is freedom. The mind has a tendency to want to revolt against evolution when its understanding of evolution consists of another body’s agenda; therefore, we create our own revolutions within the mind in order to move on with our body’s evolution. But it’s our transgressions that allow us to evaluate, reconsider, and progress for the sake of “fixing” that which we’ve deemed broken or misplaced. Again, mobility and transition lend themselves to a greater understanding of what it means to be free, despite living amongst a culture that can occasionally encourage stagnancy or repetition.


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