Cynic. Just like there are communists, positivists, neo-liberalists and all those y’know, I’m a cynic. And the best part is that life’s just been proving my faith (or rather the lack of it) right.

Oh, and I’ve made a new friend. But he’s dead, just like all of us will be. A cynic who makes friend with dead people, whoa! His name is Huxley, Aldous Huxley. He speaks my mind, almost. Well, when on mescaline, at least he does. So here’s my favorite from any work of non-fiction I’ve read (sorry Gibran):

“We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes.”

Huxley, A., The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell (Vintage, 2004) pp.3-4.

I’ve felt the exact same, I swear. Just that this bugger got writing first. Anyways, with my English, I couldn’t have done a better job. The Bible couldn’t do it, neither could the Gita. So, here’s to you Huxley. Hope you’re having a fun time up there.

See you soon.


~ by Shashank Kumar on August 2, 2007.

One Response to “jeremiade.”

  1. Ah, that paragraph, and oh that book! why can’t we all fall in a cauldron of Mescaline (Recall Obelix) on birth. If that’s what it takes.

    Still there…

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