A Conversation for The Nobel Prize for Literature: Taste and Aftertaste
Okay,I'll bite: it's univeral to want to escape from the cruelty of present reality, but only as a corrective for past evils
paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me Started conversation Apr 6, 2020
Those of us who read this entry were challenged to guess what universal human tendency is illustrated by Bob Dylan's lyric
"And take me disappearing through the smoke rings of my mind
Down the foggy ruins of time
Far past the frozen leaves
The haunted frightened trees..."
The smoke rings sound like something associated with a drug trip. "Disappearing" amplifies the sense of moving away from reality, as in disappearing from the world, if only in one's mind. Does he want to go forward to contemplate the future? No. Down the foggy ruins of time he goes (I wonder why times past are ruined rather than glorious?). And baby it must be cold, because those leaves are frozen. And scary, because those trees are scared. So, navigating the past is no joy ride. Some uncomfortable truths must be buried there, among the ruins and under the frozen leaves.
So, it may not be frivolous escape after all, but a search for the truth that others have not been willing dig for, as they tend to be apologists for whoever made those trees so scared.
I"m not sure why this process is used to justify using the hallucinogens, but then I never used them myself....
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