Thursday, 9 October 2008

Revisiting Self-Sabotage - Part 1


I am currently reading Helen Oyeyemi's "The Opposite House".


This is actually my second shot at reading an Oyeyemi novel. The first was "Icarus Girl" which I began several times and could never quite bring myself to finish. The term 'trying to hard' came to mind on several ungripping pages.


I digress. "The Opposite House" has rather suprisingly managed to more than grip me, it has spoken to me and I am only on page 33.


In the second chapter, Miss Oyeyemi using the voice of her central character describes something she refers to as 'the hysteric'.


I am going to define this as an element of the human soul that yearns for the dramatic and searches it out through sabotaging, mutilating behaviour that could be physical, mental or both.


The hysteric is emotional and therefore illogical.


It should be obvious to all that emotional behaviour is always, without exception, illogical. However, taking into account the alarming spontaneity in decision making that is cornerstone to 21st Century living, it is clearly NOT.


(Hence the high rate of divorce in our "meet one day, marry/move-in-together the next" society)


I digress again. While 'the hysteric' is illogical, it is an essential part of the human soul because it is intrinsic to creativity.

Nevertheless, it must be tightly policed by reason in order that it not become the driver of the human vehicle. Instead, it should remain firmly belted, in the child seat, at the rear, such that the vehicle does not find itself in a destination of macabre destruction of the soul and body.


1 comment:

Suesue said...

The term 'trying to hard' came to mind on several ungripping pages.

YEH i thought that too :-) but i read all of it ;-)...i guess you must like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie yeh ? I will try an read her new book when i have the chance.

xxx