Friday, September 19, 2014

On the metaphor of “climate” change

In our extended essay (which we commend to your attention),

we considered the meme of cataclysmic weather events, as an outward projection of inner conflicts.   And in the movie under review, that was surely all that was going on.

Additionally, however, there are societal turbulences over this issue, which by no means spring from any purely internal-individual neuroses.   And -- this at a venture --- they might reflect a sort of visceral perception  that the “climate” of public opinion  is changing, in strange ways;  that formerly reasonable people are losing their reason;  that Something Is Brewing, we know not what.  Something not easily describable in rational or traditional terms.

We examined one such subterranean train of development, here:

Another, here:

   Meditation on a meteoro-metaphysical disaster

Others, God willing, to follow.  For the patient is feverish, and we must needs take his pulse.


The novel Cien años de soledad (García Márquez) came out way back in 1967, before Global Climate Change had overmastered the public consciousness.  And yet it featured, as a signal motif, a tropical storm lasting nearly five years.   The only thing comparable is the Great Spot of Jupiter.   And indeed, the author intended the resonance to be otherworldly.

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