Exhumations

I like the following excerpt from  Christopher Isherwood’s ExhumationsIt certainly is easy to get fed up with the radio, the billboards, the movies, and the newspapers as Isherwood suggests. I’d add the Internet and social media to the list as well.

The urge, at times, is to turn the other direction from the noise and run. This about-face, however, can have a more detrimental effect than listening to the incessant hum of “the message”–whatever that may be.

To live sanely in Los Angeles (or, I suppose, in any other large American city) you have to cultivate the art of staying awake. You must learn to resist (firmly but not tensely) the unceasing hypnotic suggestions of the radio, the billboards, the movies and the newspapers; those demon voices which are forever whispering in your ear what you should desire, what you should fear, what you should wear and eat and drink and enjoy, what you should think and do and be. They have planned a life for you – from the cradle to the grave and beyond – which it would be easy, fatally easy, to accept. The least wandering of the attention, the least relaxation of your awareness, and already the eyelids begin to droop, the eyes grow vacant, the body starts to move in obedience to the hypnotist’s command. Wake up, wake up – before you sign that seven-year contract, buy that house you don’t really want, marry that girl you secretly despise. Don’t reach for the whisky, that won’t help you. You’ve got to think, to discriminate, to exercise your own free will and judgment. And you must do this, I repeat, without tension, quite rationally and calmly. For if you give way to fury against the hypnotists, if you smash the radio and tear the newspapers to shreds, you will only rush to the other extreme and fossilize into defiant eccentricity.

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2 thoughts on “Exhumations

  1. Sounds kinda like Ephesians 2:1-3

    And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

    Glad you’re back blogging! Mary was just lamenting today that we haven’t seen you guys in forever and need to have you over soon. We’ve got Thursday evening open this week or any day the following (except Wednesday).

    Hope you’re well!

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