"The French writer Michl Houellebeeq, in his book Atomised, used a metaphor from quantum physics to describe people as being either waves, movements outside of themselves, or particles, where the same isolation that makes them "free" makes them lonely, apathetic and unable to form connections.
In our time it is not only unfashionable but inconceivable to think outside the method of preserving individual autonomy. Weworship "freedom"- a negative definition focused not on what we can do but on what we cannot be obligated to do. Our civilization understands itself not as a product of history and maker of future history, but as a facilitation- like a big shopping mall with a legal system, of individuals doing what pleases them so long as they do not interrupt others doing the same and disturb the peace.
This condition has not made us happy. While we agree that liberty, equality, fraternity and open economies are noble methods, the goal of these having a better civilization and individual lives has not manifested itself through these methods. By basing our ideal on freedom, we have closed ourselves off to obligations outside of ourselves, which coincidentally are the things that make us feel most alive. We are prisoners of the self and it is no surprise we act selfishly as a result."
-Brett Stevens, from the foreword to Pentti Linkola's Can Life Prevail?
EVERYTIME I throw a party at our house I learn something new. This time it was that bacon will take you by surprise when you leave it under the broiler in your oven.
Our guests were welcomed into our home by the fire alert beeping, accompanied by a thick cloud of smoke- afterwards my mom told me she liked very crispy bacon...almost blackened, anyway.Thats why parents are good guests.
Luckily spring is here, which meant nothing could stay wrong for long, and cute little Emma, the newest addition to our fam was there too- so the morning was a peach.