Monday, 1 February 2010

On THE ROAD

Went to see THE ROAD last night. It felt very apt travelling there and back by the power of our feet only, in sub-zero temperatures, on strangely deserted and desolate streets... Very moved by it, almost as much as I have previously been by the book... _Everyone_ should see it; it motivates action to stop something like it from happening...
Had a great dream this morning, about being in a room with about 30 self-selecting like-minded people, a few years from now, planning how we were/are going to get ourselves through a possible looming crisis, without making things worse, and (rather) helping to make things better and maybe, just maybe, contribute to the crisis not happening at all (although that felt like a slim hope). Talking collectively through the options: buying a smallholding, or a farm, etc; becoming a company, or (as I argued) a co-op - for it is companies, I piped up and said, who have of course played a key role in getting us into this mess in the first place... The dream was encouraging, strangely reassuring...

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Anonymous Peter o'hanraha-hanrahan said...

I wouldn't read any more of his books if I were you. I don't think he sees things the same way.

"There's no such thing as life without bloodshed. I think the notion that the species can be improved in some way, that everyone could live in harmony, is a really dangerous idea. Those who are afflicted with this notion are the first ones to give up their souls, their freedom. Your desire that it be that way will enslave you and make your life vacuous."

Bloody good books though. The best.

'interestingly' my word verification for this post was one letter away from 'Salinger' Spooky.

1 February 2010 at 22:16  
Blogger Paul said...

Not having any insight into what The Road was about I googled it.

My immediate thoughts were JG Ballard - in particular The Drought and Hello America. BTW the description of pedestrian jams was very funny in the short story Billennium.

Rupert, I don't believe that there is anything intrinsically 'wrong' with companies. It isn't the principle of what a company is but a way of doing 'business'. Co-ops have there place and require, as you put 'like-minded' & dedicated people to make it work.

For co-ops to become the norm would require a paradigm shift. If that ever happened then the values associated with such a shift would be such that, would it matter if an enterprise were a co-op or a company? Unless one believed that the company structure is inherently corrupting.

And when you say 'mess' do you specifically mean the current economic downturn due to the banking crisis? In which case it was essentially greed that caused it. Or do you mean the 'crisis' that is the current world order? And if so then that isn't a 'company' problem but an inertia that goes back centuries if not millennia...(?)

27 February 2010 at 23:33  

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Went to see THE ROAD last night. It felt very apt travelling there and back by the power of our feet only, in sub-zero temperatures, on strangely deserted and desolate streets... Very moved by it, almost as much as I have previously been by the book... _Everyone_ should see it; it motivates action to stop something like it from happening...
Had a great dream this morning, about being in a room with about 30 self-selecting like-minded people, a few years from now, planning how we were/are going to get ourselves through a possible looming crisis, without making things worse, and (rather) helping to make things better and maybe, just maybe, contribute to the crisis not happening at all (although that felt like a slim hope). Talking collectively through the options: buying a smallholding, or a farm, etc; becoming a company, or (as I argued) a co-op - for it is companies, I piped up and said, who have of course played a key role in getting us into this mess in the first place... The dream was encouraging, strangely reassuring...
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