I don't know what it is I'm looking for
And until it's found I won't be sure
- From 'On the Shoreline' by Genesis
Descriptive of the pleasing coolness
on the reverse side of the pillow.
- From 'The Deeper Meaning of Liff'
by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd
And he that breaks a thing to find out
what it is has left the path of wisdom.
- Gandalf the Grey in 'Lord of the Rings'
A society that will trade a little liberty for a
little order will lose both, and deserve neither.
- Thomas Jefferson
They all have some significance to me in one way or another. The Genesis line resonated with me at a time in which I felt like life was some kind of maze in which I was lost (this feeling returns from time-to-time). Naturally it works better as part of the overall song.
The redefining of Abiline is important to me as it says to me that there are things for which we lack words but still all share as experiences. Till the moment I had read 'Meaning of Liff' I had never known that anyone but me turns over pillows in the hope of finding that ellusive coolness.
One of my favourite bits of Lord of the Rings (which is omitted from the movies) is an argument between Gandalf and Saruman in which this line seems particularly significant. It seems overly cautious a philosophy but in the context of the story makes perfect sense.
And finally I was using the Jefferson quote during a time in which governments were responding to international terrorism by curbing the rights of those they serve. It was intended to be a comment on the danger of such action. At the time a surprising number of friends (who I can only assume are with me on objecting to governments using terrorism as a justification for limiting civil rights) expressed reservations about me using that quote. I wonder why. Seems a fine statement to me even if it may overstate the case.
Labels: Nostalgia And Reminiscences