The problem is

The problem is
when I start to think
there is too much
that wants to come out

the end of every thread
is hopelessly frayed

I start to write and
I can’t
see through all the legitimate doubt
I get
mired in all the competing

I know enough
to know
I can never say enough
given the stamina
I would always say too much

Skyrim and the Denial of Death

Recently I have been playing the game Skyrim.  I play the game with the sound off so I can listen to audiobooks.  Lately I have been been listening to Ernest Becker‘s  The Denial Of Death.  Here’s what the Wikipedia has to say about the book.

Another theme running throughout the book is that humanity’s traditional “hero-systems” i.e. religion, are no longer convincing in the age of reason; science is attempting to solve the problem of man, something that Becker feels it can never do. The book states that we need new convincing “illusions” that enable us to feel heroic in the grand scheme of things, i.e. immortal. Becker, however, does not provide any definitive answer, mainly because he believes that there is no perfect solution. Instead, he hopes that gradual realization of man’s innate motivations, namely death, can help to bring about a better world.

Hah! and here I am playing a first-person hero simulation game. Today’s convincing illusions sure are on the nose.