This article was originally published in the Summer ’06 issue of Revisions, Has American Culture Killed Christ?
We all have a different method to the madness of study but our search and pursuit of the “know” seems to find a universal manifestation. In our room with books out, I-Pod churning, and coffee cup steaming or in the library with slight alterations, this is what it’s all about. What’s our apex? Success? Happiness? Do our means have an end? Corporate? Consumer? If it’s supremely for self, then I sense elements of ailment at root: capitalistic flair with hints of visceral prostitution. Yet, I will say a bit of selfishness in mind-tramping is ambitious and refreshing. But where is the structural balance and what grip do we have on our pursuits? For it seems we modern gnostics are convinced our knowledge is summit: salvation, nirvana, guru, Mecca, self-actualization.