Daniel Boorstin

Two centuries ago when a great man appeared, people looked for God’s purpose in him; today we look for his press agent…Among the ironic frustrations of our age, none is more tantalizing than these efforts of ours to satisfy our extravagant expectations of human greatness.  Vainly do we make scores of artificial celebrities grow where nature planted only a single hero.

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The 25th of December

She protested that Christmas was special, it being presumed the birthday of Jesus Christ–or was that one more thing in which he didn’t believe?

“Um, well, it’s like this, Domino: I’ve always assumed that every time a child is born, the Divine reenters the world.  Okay?  That’s the meaning of the Christmas story.  And every time that child’s purity is corrupted by society, that’s the meaning of the Crucifixion story.  Your man Jesus stands for that child, that pure spirit, and as its surrogate, he’s being born and put to death again and again, over and over, every time we inhale and exhale, not just at the vernal equinox and on the twenty-fifth of December.”

excerpt from Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins

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Psychic Liberation

“Tell me, amigo,” said Switters in a voice just loud enough to penetrate the fellow’s earphones, “do you know why the boom-boom movies are so popular?  Do you know why young males, especially, love, simply love, to see things blown apart?

The man stared blankly at Switters.  He lifted his headset, but on one side only.  “It’s freedom,” said Switters brightly.  “Freedom from the material world.  Subconsciously, people feel trapped by our culture’s confining buildings and its relentless avalanche of consumer goods.  So, when they watch all this shit being demolished in a totally irreverent and devil-may-care fashion, they experience the kind of release the Greeks used to get from their tragedies.  The ecstasy of psychic liberation.”

excerpt from Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins