Sunday, September 14, 2008

David Foster Wallace

The suicide of David Foster Wallace stuns me.

Comment posted this morning on the Chariles Rose site listed: Comment by Bruce on Sunday, Sep 14 at 04:20 AMDFW was an uncommonly gifted spirit. His engaged self-consciousness, his fractured internal narrative, keen intellect, warmth and humor spoke deeply to many. Perhaps his final footnote will not come as a complete surprise to kindred spirits. DFW appeared above all reasoned and self-aware. This makes the prospect of him planning the moment, selecting the rope, taking the hundreds of necessary little steps all the more terrible. His rational conclusion, or the expression of irreconcilable anguish? It’s hard to fathom DFW surrendering, rushing to certainty in a cloud of depression. I prefer to remember his quick smile, him soaring near the sun, riding post-modern thermals heavenward. You will be dearly missed my friend.

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"Serendipitous Creativity" from Gordon Kaufman

"I suggested that what we today should regard as God is the ongoing creativity in the universe - the bringing (or coming) into being of what is genuinely new, something transformative; …

"In some respects and some degrees this creativity is apparently happening continuously, in and through the processes or activities or events around us and within us(…) is a profound mystery to us humans(…) But on the whole, as we look back on the long and often painful developments that slowly brought human life and our complex human worlds into being, we cannot but regard this creativity as serendipitous …

"I want to stress that this serendipitous creativity - God! - to which we should be responsive is not the private possession of any of the many particular religious faiths or systems …

"This profound mystery of creativity is manifest in and through the overall human bio-historical evolution and development everywhere on the planet; and it continues to show itself throughout the entire human project, no matter what may be the particular religious and or cultural beliefs."

Gordon Kaufman, Mennonite Life, December 2005 vol. 60 no. 4

Melville is a rational man who

"Melville is a rational man who wants God to exist. He wants Him to exist for the same reasons we all do: to be our rescuer and appreciator, to act as a confidant in our moments of crisis and to give us reassurance that, over the horizon of our deaths, we will survive." (John Updike)

And that is a problem for me.

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