October 19, 2002

Outside the Box

I have finished "The Last American Man". Eustice Conway lives in nature, where "everything is connected, circular." Seasons ebb and flow, water lives through circles from ground to sky to ground; plants cycle from seed to fruit to seed. Living places reflect the circles of life.

"Do people live in circles today? No. They live in boxes. They wake up every morning in the box of their bedroom because a box next to them started making beeping noises to tell them it was time to get up. They eat their breakfast out of a box and then they throw that box away into another box.

"Then they leave the box where they live and get into a box with wheels and drive to work, which is just another big box broken up into lots of little cubicle boxes."

Well, oops. Here I sit, hunkered over a large box of my faux-wooden desk, inside a large wooden box staring at a plastic and glass box as if it contained the world. I can see that out the rectilinear frame of the window casing. And I should be there. I'm feeling boxed in.

Posted by fred1st at October 19, 2002 06:16 AM

And, shame.....Boxing Day is so far off....

Posted by: Da Goddess at October 19, 2002 06:24 AM

Feeling guilty? I'm just finishing this book. I don't feel guilty about my boxes. We all construct our worlds by our choices. I'm conscious of mine. Are you?

Posted by: Red at May 7, 2003 10:48 PM

I just finished the book. I feel challenged, inspired, and saddened. Saddened because this man connected with nature in a most remarkable way. But he could not connect with people. When his life ends, he will sadly realize that the most important circle was never completed. He became his Dad, a man who could logically solve every puzzle except love.

Posted by: James at June 8, 2003 05:04 PM

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