The notion of Islam’s Jihad, life as a demanding struggle: a truth for all – for all of time.
But in some times of political polemic – to die in, to die for, a holy cause, the notion of Jihad can be invoked as a war of righteousness posed against whatever is proclaimed evil.
The confusion: a distinction…between what is life and what is not; what is real…and what is not.
The imagination that we know and also think that we can know: what are the limitations, what the form of the human imagination?
The story that is often depicted for the Sioux at Wounded Knee, battling for the land, the place which is the home and the Mother of all of Being: “Today!” “Today,” they say, “is a good day to die.” And who can say that is not a truth?
It is to take some notion of the inevitable, and turn it into the hardest of life’s currencies. We all (I suspect) have a possession which is such a story (even if it is a story about how not to have such a story…yet!).
Age and aging: the accession to progressive visions of death…The story expands in its nearing and hearing.
Finally: a theory located about the nature of what is progress and why is futurity!
Death and life. Life and death. Puzzles? Solutions?
The power of death: to inform life’s visions of death, and of life, and of all possibilities.
Life: which seems more important, seems to have less power – at least in its theoretical nature. But, the arts, especially music – for me – have great power also.
Life as struggle…death as…?