Saturday, June 30, 2012

"America", the song...

The song is over

except in one note, pure and easy
Playing so free like a breath rippling by...

11 comments:

nicrap said...

Indeed, it is a strange-disposed time:
But men may construe things after their fashion,
Clean from the purpose of the things themselves.

Thersites said...

This disturbed sky
Is not to walk in.


I just posted a Zizek clip on causes divorced from objects... :)

The fetishist's logic...

nicrap said...

lol!

But, frankly, i would like to know from you why you think the song to be over?

Joe Conservative said...

My fetish, the US Constitution, no longer allows me to suspend my belief and believe myself to be "free". The reality is that I am not.

And if my fetish no longer works for me, I must forge another or lose Ego...

nicrap said...

...i think the term you want to use is liberty and not free(dom). You are free, by the very nature of your "existence", but you may not always be "at liberty".

Or, as the song wright claimed, "freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose." :)

Speedy G said...

I'm not sure. A "Constitution" represents an agreed to "limitation" of "absolute" freedom that results in a complete freedom to operate within those agreed to constitutional limitations. But when the Constitution no longer recognizes ANY agreed to limitations, then all "individually assumed" freedoms and their corresponding limitations become self-negating.

In other words, I am no longer a "citizen", I have become a "subject"

Speedy G said...

My former melancholia surrounding the document's fate at the hands of SCOTUS has been replaced by mourning... and a desire to forge a new beginning, one less dependent upon manque.

nicrap said...

...Yes, when you hit a wall, it's always better to go round it, and if even that is not possible, to strike off altogether; but that does not mean that you are not free to break your head against it. :)

nicrap said...
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nicrap said...

...I think, as with truth, the only question worth asking re freedom is also but one: If one is capable of it or not? The rest is but - as Ghalib said re paradise:

Humko maaloom hai jannat ki haqeeqat,
lekin dil ko khush rakhne ko Ghalib ye khayaal achcha hai.


A rough translation:

We know the truth about Paradise;
however, it is a good idea to beguile the mind.

-FJ said...

Indeed. ;)