Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Novel (part 2)

I am writing a novel at the moment, and I periodically report on my progress in this blog. Feel free to email me (don't add comments here please) to offer criticisms, suggestions, or death threats.

I've gotten a few comments about the novel's themes I posted here last month. I've been accused of being "Libertarian", and I guess I am to some extent, but I don't see any "Individual's Inalienable Rights" doctrine in the ideas I posted. Just likely scenarios when various government systems are confronted with saavy (and extremely lucky) Opposition. And yes, there will be sex in it.

Here are more ideas I'd like fold into the literary omelette. Many of these thoughts were derived from the writings of philosopher Eric Hoffer, one of my principal influences.

The untalented are more at ease in a society that gives them valid alibis for not achieving than in one where opportunities are abundant. In an affluent society, the alienated who clamour for power are largely untalented people who cannot make use of the unprecedented opportunities for self-realization, and cannot escape the confrontation with an ineffectual self.

Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarley find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.

He who proselytizes in the cause of unbelief is basically a man in need of belief.

There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet.

No matter what our acheivements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps book on our shortcoming and transgressions. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are.

We need not only a purpose in life to give meaning to our existence but also to give meaning to our suffering. we need as much something to suffer for as something to live for.

To have an exceptional talent and the capacity to realize it is like having a powerful appetite and the capacity to enjoy it. In both cases there is an impatience with anything that hampers free movement, and the feeling that the world is one's oyster.

For the past week I've been setting my alarm at 4:30 a.m. This is in preparation for starting the novel. The only quiet time in the house is 4:30-6:30 a.m., so I'll be doing all my writing at this time.

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