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  •  No Exit (3+ / 0-)
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    If you take the story to be the human condition and/or the condition of the human psyche in response to the imperfection of life and the existential pain of human suffering, then you might see that each of us suffers the loss of innocence (the torture, murder, abuse of innocence) in our experience of complicity in the sufferance of all.

    So the tortured child lives within each of us and there is no escape--as Sartre once proclaimed (No Exit).

    Find your own voice--the personal is political.

    by In her own Voice on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 07:03:06 PM PST

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    •  No Man is an Island--as (0+ / 0-)

      painfully wrought by Hemingway...

      I sometimes think the post-war voices of those like Hemingway, Kerouac--those of the Beat Generation expressing such deep existential depression in their patterns of escape in alcohol and soul searching may have been a product of post-traumatic malaise following WWII and the horror of the atomic bomb's release of nuclear holocaust.

      Find your own voice--the personal is political.

      by In her own Voice on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 07:54:30 PM PST

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    •  I read the story in college, and I remember (4+ / 0-)

      thinking that Omelas was a person, not a community, at all.  That there was a part of us that we mangle, lock away, think must be denied and hidden in order to be happy, or appear to be so.

      I don't quite read it that way, now, in middle age. It could be both.  What a terrific short story!

      "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him. Mark 12:17

      by bkamr on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 11:54:15 PM PST

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