What is the world?

I’m devouring David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries (because it’s a wonderful book, and because I only have it for two weeks and Ben wants to read at least part of it as well before it must be returned), and have stumbled across many many wonderful passages, the most recent of which I want to share with you.  Who would have thought that the lead singer of Talking Heads would have so many philosophical insights on life derived from traveling and biking around the world?

“I sense that the world might be more dreamlike, metaphorical, and poetic than we currently believe–but just as irrational as sympathetic magic when looked at in a typically scientific way.  I wouldn’t be surprised if poetry–poetry in the broadest sense, in the sense of a world filled with metaphor, rhyme and recurring patterns, shapes and designs–is how the world works.  The world isn’t logical, it’s a song.” -David Byrne

Byrne is so wonderfully self aware of his occasional tendencies toward romanticism, yet owns the mentality unabashedly.  I would probably put myself in the same camp, but am still often self-deprecating in moments of romanticism or idealism, rather than wholeheartedly embracing it as an important (albeit sometimes impractical) worldview to add into the mix.  Certainly if one is entirely idealistic to the point of irrationality it is difficult to function.  But we need to imagine things that have yet to exist for the possibility of a better Self, world, and universe.



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