March 8, 2007

Here’s the truth: People, even regular people, are never just any one person with one set of attributes. It’s not that simple. We’re all at the mercy of the limbic system, clouds of electricity drifting through the brain. Every man is broken into twenty-four-hour fractions, and then again within those twenty-four hours. It’s a daily pantomime, one man yielding control to the next: a backstage crowded with old hacks clamoring for their turn in the spotlight. Every week, every day. The angry man hands the baton over to the sulking man, and in turn to the sex addict, the introvert, the conversationalist. Every man is a mob, a chain gang of idiots.

This is the tragedy of life. Because for a few minutes of every day, every man becomes a genius. Moments of clarity, insight, whatever you want to call them. The clouds part, the planets get in a neat little line, and everything becomes obvious. I should quit smoking, maybe, or here’s how I could make a fast million, or such and such is the key to eternal happiness. That’s the miserable truth. For a few moments, the secrets of the universe are opened to us. Life is a cheap parlor trick.

But then the genius, the savant, has to hand over the controls to the next guy down the pike, most likely the guy who just wants to eat potato chips, and insight and brilliance and salvation are all entrusted to a moron or a hedonist or a narcoleptic.

The only way out of this mess, of course, is to take steps to ensure that you control the idiots that you become. To take your chain gang, hand in hand, and lead them. The best way to do this is with a list.

It’s like a letter you write to yourself. A master plan, drafted by the guy who can see the light, made with steps simple enough for the rest of the idiots to understand. Follow steps one through one hundred. Repeat as necessary.

~ From Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan

Okay. Dude. This short story is amazing. I mean like blow your mind, satori sort of amazing!

But don’t take my word for it. I can only point to the moon.

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  1. Dave in the West said

    First off, I’ll start by saying that I enjoyed your little rant about drugs. That was interesting to say the least.

    Then this one.

    Interesting that this person says that people include a mob of “sub-people.”

    I don’t really know if I associate with that. I tend to feel as though I’m two people. Intelligent command and stupid operator.

    Keep up the good work Dave. This weekend, I want to talk about savantism for some deal of time because that stuff interests the hell out of me. And it should for you also because it has implications. Perhaps something that could help you through your “non-doing” disorder.

    Want to meet up on Saturday morning? I’ll be home Friday night at 11:30.

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