In these days of perpetual 24 hour negativity/catastrophizing in the news and the increasing concept that we are all just numbers to our
employers/society it is possible that some will start to have ideas similar to Bateman in American Psycho:
"...where there was nature and earth, life and water, I saw a desert landscape that was unending, resembling some sort of crater, so devoid of reason
and light and spirit that the mind could not grasp it on any sort of conscious level and if you came close the mind would reel backward, unable to
take it in. It was a vision so clear and real and vital to me that in its purity it was almost abstract. This was what I could understand, this was
how I lived my life, what I constructed my movement around, how I dealt with the tangible. This was the geography around which my reality revolved: it
did not occur to me, ever, that people were good or that a man was capable of change or that the world could be a better place through one's taking
pleasure in a feeling or a look or a gesture, of receiving another person's love or kindness. Nothing was affirmative, the term "generosity of
spirit" applied to nothing, was a cliché, was some kind of bad joke. Sex is mathematics. Individuality no longer an issue. What does intelligence
signify? Define reason. Desire -- meaningless. Intellect is not a cure. Justice is dead. Fear, recrimination, innocence, sympathy, guilt, waste,
failure, grief, were things, emotions, that no one really felt anymore. Reflection is useless, the world is senseless. Evil is its only permanence.
God is not alive. Love cannot be trusted. Surface, surface, surface was all that anyone found meaning in... this was civilization as I saw it,
colossal and jagged..."
American Psycho, Brett Eston Ellis, pp.274-275
I think I disagree and feel that love is to be trusted otherwise one ends up thinking like the above.
And so the message is to try to trust loving however many times it burns you. One could love
someone - e.g. partner, family, friends, work colleagues
something - e.g. pet, house, car
somewhere - e.g. beach, forest, museum
to get you through the night. Otherwise it`s surface, surface, surface and evil.
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