Monday, June 18, 2012

The purpose of art.

We are weird.

You can’t blame us. We grew up in the Universe—a physical place with nearly nothing physical in it, and no physical boundaries to contain what little there is. It’s a sanctuary for life and love, whose doors are also open to death and suffering. It is interwoven with equal amounts of meaning and futility.

In short, the Universe is no place for small children. Unfortunately, it’s our home, and although we’ve tried our best, it was only a matter of time before we started acting out.

In a Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson observes some of the mixed messages we’ve learned from our upbringing.

“We don’t know which arrived first, a world that contained [Sir Isaac Newton’s] Principia or one that had no dodos, but we do know that they happened at more or less the same time. You would be hard pressed, I would submit, to find a better pairing of occurrences to illustrate the divine and felonious nature of the human being—a species of organism that is capable of unpicking the deepest secrets of the heavens while at the same time pounding into extinction, for no purpose at all, a creature that never did any of us any harm and wasn’t even remotely capable of understanding what we were doing to it as we did it.”

Like I said, we’re weird. And we're narcissistic. And that is why we have art.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

We rushed into this blog.

Hey, you.

Let's be honest. We enjoy theme parks, and we're fascinated by narratology, and we love one another. That will never change.

If I was Excalibur, I'd deem you worthy.

But we don't know each other. Not really. If we’re gonna advance theme park theory—and there’s no one I’d rather advance theme park theory with—we’ve gotta get on the same page.

So let's bond. I'll start with an essay or two. Nothing complicated, just some trifles you oughta know about me.

You can respond however you like. Then we'll pick up where we left off.

There be squalls ahead, but we'll rough 'em together.