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Thursday, December 09, 2004

Tao of Man 


A zoologist who observed gorillas in their native habitat was amazed by the uniformity of their life and their vast idleness. Hours and hours without doing anything. Was boredom unknown to them? This is indeed a question raised by a human, a busy ape. Far from fleeing monotony, animals crave it, and what they most dread is to see it end. For it ends, only to be replaced by fear, the cause of all activity. Inaction is divine; yet it is against inaction that man has rebelled. Man alone, in nature, is incapable of enduring monotony, man alone wants something to happen at all costs-something, anything.... Thereby he shows himself unworthy of his ancestor: the need for novelty is the characteristic of an alienated gorilla.

French philosopher E.M. Cioran
The Trouble with Being Born

Something That I Said by The Ruts
from the album "Cash From Chaos"
While I agree with the Frenchy's take on man's attitude towards inaction, I don't think he seems to address (at least not in that brief excerpt) just why man is so irritated with monotony. I think it has less to do with pointless restlessness than it does with our irrepressible need to express ourselves, which is why everything that we do to fill the time between eating and sleeping and fucking and dying and fighting is so complex, jumbled, and filled with thousands of things and ideas. We are beings of expression, and that spreads to every moment of our lives. But like that - 'inaction is divine.'
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