Thanks to S, I stumbled upon this: http://www.miller-mccune.com/news/this-is-your-brain-on-kafka-1474 The title was “This is your brain on Kafka: Does absurdist literature make you smarter”. Naturally I couldn’t click on the link fast enough. I was happy to discover that according to this argument, absurdist literature does touch into the deeper realm of understanding. In the string study the people who experienced the crazier version of Franz Kafka’s “The Country Doctor” where better able to re-pattern the string. This takes me back to my argument that through the common experience of art, lies understanding. Alas, hope.
some words intregue me more then others. one thing that the dictionary reveals is the complexities, richness, and issues that concern certain words and terms. how do i define a word that holds the meaning of so many different applications. such a word has just come up to me, the word is “jerk”. the idea of a jerk has become a common problem in many of my favorite ideals. my definition thus far is; one who undermines and counteracts often recklessly the goals of an ethos.
now this can be applied in both uses of the word jerk, a name to call someone, and a sharp movement. both have the ability to alter the original course of movement, sometimes in a good way and sometimes in a negative way.
there are problems with this word and the definition that i have given. in that jerks are sort of essential, in many ways they provoke questions contradictions within the established order. in other ways a jerk is the one who uses trust and openness within an ethos as a catalyst for digression. the authority loves jerks, jerks give power to the authority to take control away from humanity as a whole. whats troubling to me about hating jerks is that, they are proven to be a part of the voice of humanity. dealing with jerks is a slippery slope, because the perspective of who is a jerk is completely subjective. it asks the question who is calling who a jerk?
a jerk i guess is something we may not like, sometimes we may hate them, but it’s something we have to live with.