The Second Eclectic

Technology changes how we relate to God and each other

Glimpse #1

I would like to begin collecting here glimpses of truth that I find in a variety of places, mainly literature, music, movies, and television. For all it's misguided reality, pop culture's citizens have glimpses of honesty that reveal deeper insights.

Here is the first:

"...I was losing my faith in books. I'd begun to realize that there was an unspoken prejudice among book-learned people, a secret conviction they all seems to share, that life as we know it is an imperfect vision of reality, and that only art, like a pair of reading glasses, can correct it. The scholars and intellectuals I met at our dinner table always seemed to hold a grudge against the world. They could never quite reconcile themselves to the idea that our lives don't follow the dramatic arc that a good author gives to a great literary character. Only in accidents of pure perfection does the world actually become a stage. And that, they seemed to think, was a shame."

p. 54-5, The Rule of Four - Caldwell & Thomason

I am a book person. And I am an idealist without a foundation. I find more satisfaction in books than I do in real life--for the past few months at least. I fear that this is true. And I know it is. I must change then: which means either giving up books, or embracing life somehow and disconnecting for the ideals built up in my heart.