Call me Russ L

I can’t believe I made a post about Clarkson when Pratchett has only just died

Posted in Books by Russ L on 13 March, 2015

“All right,” said Susan. “I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need… fantasies to make life bearable.”

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—”

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

“So we can believe the big ones?”

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

“They’re not the same at all!”

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME…SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

“Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—”

MY POINT EXACTLY.”

Possibly the finest statement of existentialism that anyone has yet managed.

It is a shame, but as he wrote himself – think of it as leaving early to avoid the rush.

“Words in the heart cannot be taken”.

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  1. stevietoobad said, on 14 March, 2015 at 12:01 am

    The Wisdom of Death sounds a lot like the Wisdom of Uncertainty, I think. Hadn’t noticed that before now. I did love Tezza’s tweet from the grave: “AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER”. Brought a tear or two to my eyes.

  2. lom said, on 14 March, 2015 at 9:53 am

    :D


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