Tuesday, October 30, 2018

News From The Newsstand Wars And The Meaning of Work

October 30, 2018
   This just in from the front lines of the newsstand wars:

Front and Center:
Barnes & Noble Westside Store Albuquerque 

  My son gifted me a copy of the classic short story that allegedly was the template for Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now."

  Finished the first chapter of "Heart of Darkness" this morning. Here is a quote I just read that I originally thought was a stand alone concept about the nature of work, but, actually it's two sentences buried in the story!

"I don't like work—no man does—but I like what is in the work,—the chance to find yourself."

   Then, he adds, this:

"Your own reality—for yourself, not for others—what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means."

    So, there you have it. The nature of work as an existential quest. Doesn't get much better than that.

   Another damn epiphany tomorrow, no doubt.

"We live, as we dream—alone."
—Joseph Conrad, "Heart of Darkness"

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