Second Childhood

(audio available for paid subscribers)

Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure
out what's going on without bothering everyone
with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly
called away before you find out how it ends.

We are sitting in a theater watching a movie. On the one hand, it’s just a movie, full of scripted dialog and fake characters and empty drama — nothing of substance, spectacle for the sake of spectacle — but on the other hand, it’s the creative dreamstate; the big, fun, swashbuckling, crazy/corrupt, good and evil adventure of life, so why not sit back and eat some popcorn and enjoy the show? There’s no real good or evil, of course, that’s just a movie trope, but we can suspend our disbelief and allow the experience to wash over us. At no point does it get more real, never transcends mere drama, but it’s amusing, or at least distracting, so instead of being critical, we should be happy we’re not bored.

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