Water-treaders

By: alexanderlewin

Apr 27 2013

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Category: Hand-drawn

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We’re all afloat in a boundless sea, and the way we cope is by massing together in groups and pretending in unison that the situation is other than it is. We reinforce the illusion for each other. That’s what a society really is, a little band of humanity huddled together against the specter of a pitch black sea. Everyone is treading water to keep their heads above the surface even though they have no reason to believe that the life they’re preserving is better than the alternative they’re avoiding. It’s just that one is known and one is not. Fear of the unknown is what keeps everyone busily treading water. All fear is fear of the unknown. If someone in such a group of water-treaders betrays the group lie by speaking the truth of their situation, that person is called a heretic and society reserves its most awful punishments for heretics. If someone decides to stop struggling and just sink or float away, every possible effort is made to stop him, not for the benefit of the individual, but for the benefit of the group. To deny at all costs the truth of the situation…
The truth of the situation is that eventually, there’s nothing. Infinity. Eternity. The void. Eventually, every water-treader has to deal with the fact that it’s just him, the infinite ocean and nothing in-between.

Jed McKenna, from Spiritual Enlightenment,
The Damnedest Thing

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One comment on “Water-treaders”

  1. Good stark quote. ‘Pretending in unison’ reminds me of ‘foma’ in Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, “harmless untruths; lies that, if used correctly, can be useful”…
    I only spotted the faces after looking at the picture for a while. I like the way they recede.
    Ed


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