Wildfire: the purpose of … (hour 1)

Written by on May 28, 2018

Wildfire

This first hour, originally streamcast the 10th of September 2017, of Box of Chocolates has nothing to do with wildfires really. It’s simply another way of semantically describing what is essentially my show concept of “Clearing the Cache”. Occasionally it’s simply a necessity.

Wildfire

Clearing the Cache, much like the function in reality which the terminology refers to, is all about clearing out dead connections and apparitions of items that just hanging out in mental space. The artifacts of musical movements that passed through my thoughts and got stuck. Leaving cicada shells of their memory. It’s a dirty room, and it was a chance to clean up … a little bit.

Wildfire

Back to the speech at the back of the book: The Story of B by Daniel Quinn

Wildfire

Signs of distress: 0-1200 C.E. 

The fire burned on under the cauldron of our culture, and the next doubling of our population would take only twelve hundred years. There would be four hundred million humans at the end of it, ninety-eight percent of them belonging to our culture, East and West. War, plague, famine, political corruption and unrest, crime, and economic instability were fixtures of our cultural life and would remain so. Salvationist religions had been entrenched in the East for centuries when this period began, but the great empire of the West still saluted its dozens of talismanic deities, from Aeolus to Zephyrus. Nonetheless the ordinary people of that empire—the slaves, the conquered, the peasants, the unenfranchised masses—were ready when the first great salvationist religion of the West arrived on its doorstep. It was easy for them to envision humankind as innately flawed and to envision themselves as sinners in need of rescue from eternal damnation. They were eager to despise the world and to dream of a blissful afterlife in which the poor and the humble of this world would be exalted over the proud and the powerful.

Wildfire

The fire burned on unwaveringly under the cauldron of our culture, but people everywhere now had salvationist religions to show them how to understand and deal with the inevitable discomfort of being alive. Adherents tend to concentrate on the differences between these religions, but I concentrate on their agreements, which are as follows: The human condition is what it is, and no amount of effort on your part will change that; it’s not within your power to save your people, your friends, your parents, your children, or your spouse, but there is one person (and only one) you can save, and that’s you. Nobody can save you but you, and there’s nobody you can save but yourself. You can carry the word to others and they can carry the word to you, but it never comes down to anything but this, whether it’s Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, or Islam: Nobody can save you but you, and there’s nobody you can save but yourself. Salvation is of course the most wonderful thing you can achieve in your life—and you not only don’t have to share it, it isn’t even possible to share it.

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As far as these religions have it worked out, if you fail of salvation, then your failure is complete, whether others succeed or not. On the other hand, if you find salvation, then your success is complete—again, whether others succeed or not. Ultimately, as these religions have it, if you’re saved, then literally nothing else in the entire universe matters. Your salvation is what matters. Nothing else—not even my salvation (except of course, to me).

The was a new vision of what counts in the world. Forget the boiling, forget the pain. Nothing matters but you and your salvation.

Playlist:

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  • Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head
    Gorillaz
    Demon Dayz
  • Promenade
    U2
    The Unforgettable Fire
  • Gratisfaction
    The Strokes
    Angles

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