A Conversation with...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:44 AM By Stephen J Christophers

[Aldous Huxley] Huxley: At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political ideas. Protagonist: ...and I shall add, if I may...? One would best advise: pray God, the Pope and Lord Buckingham, go interfering with another's Chastity, and I shall hereafter look to myself... and therefore, I over others, we and them, unless they doth corrupt the situation with money, I refrain. Huxley: The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. Protagonist: And, it is there so, I feel; for to be mindless, is to be the other not in solitude; so one not in solitude, the other can be shepherded into folly, at the whim of servitude. That is not for I, for I, the artisan create... Yes? Huxley: ...abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic; it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practise of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process. Protagonist: It is true, so then we return to the parody, and pontification; the fluffer of religious and social ideology, the dogma, alas. Can you up the cards, Sir? Huxley: That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep. Protagonist: That, I do concur, my friend. Ha! yes tis true, sleep be a leveller. Huxley: The most distressing thing that can happen to a prophet is to be proved wrong. The next most distressing thing is to be proved right. Protagonist: My God man, you leave me with little to say, must not I think for others to warn them? Or, am I to only point and wink an eye in insane silence? Then why art others determined to profess the ways of righteousness, in the name of corporations to the lord? Although, I see your... then I should find an elf... about trying to lead anothers, under-duress, someone must be blamed, even the winner. Here being the point to it: Gods speed has wings, and with the mind to employ others? Mere mortals do hang for it. Huxley: To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs. Protagonist: Yes, a man and his dog. Huxley: The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love – almost as violent and much more mischievous. Protagonist: Yes, I have found this in rather a lot, in those less virtuous, those whom prefer cats to be the truth, give and take... not to profess... and, that they might also be affected by lack of sleep. Huxley: Specialised meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science. Protagonist: That we can agree.

Music to inspire::Chemical Brothers - One Too Many Mornings::

[Friedrich Nietzsche] Friedrich Nietzsche: A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything. Protagonist: One might look upon faith like a narcotic in any social network, controlled by an administrator... and much like alcohol, it has a euphoric effect on man. Pray tell me, a drunk does not suffer delusions from practising his religion regularly? Friedrich Nietzsche: Before the effect one believes in different causes than one does after the effect. ...insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. Protagonist: I have a story of a wise man; a wise man did see a religious type fall to his death, while fixing a Vicarage gable... does prove his righteousness? Does prove gravity over his faith, and to make better use of a ladder, one suspects. Friedrich Nietzsche: Does wisdom perhaps appears on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion? Protagonist: hear-say, to be the truth of it, religion has its vultures. Although, the wise man after his watching of it, did, when chance arose, recommend a sturdier pair of hands support such a future venture. Friedrich Nietzsche: On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow. Protagonist: One foot at a time I say. Friedrich Nietzsche: The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. Protagonist: The wise man did feel a little cold and left out, after his insight to the Vicar. Nevertheless, for observation sake, the proceedings made for lively jest, at a distance, over his coffee and sandwiches.

Music to inspire::Egyptrixx - Bible Eyes::

[Elvis] Elvis: A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It's my favourite part of the business, live concerts. Stephen Christophers: I enjoy them, how did your movements evolve, was it the natural progression of dodging all those dirty knicker? [Audience Laugh] Elvis: I don't do any vulgar movements. My movements, ma'am, are all leg movements. I don't do nothing with my body. Stephen Christophers: A true creative. Elvis: I like entertaining people. I really miss it. I sure lost my musical direction in Hollywood. My songs were the same conveyor belt mass production, just like most of my movies were. Stephen Christophers: You might not feel it now, although, you got out when the going was good - it's all going down hill these days. I mean, we have Lady Ga Ga and you'd plow her furrow with a tune feat. Eminem or a duet with Nicki Minaj, I'm sure. But her suits, they're just cutting edge, they really are... I could see problems in that department for you. How about when you pop out for a burger. Does fame do anything for the appetite? Do you get recognised these days? Elvis: After a hard day of basic training, you could eat a rattlesnake, I'd just like to be treated like a regular customer.Stephen Christophers: Well, thank you for your time, really, it's been a pleasure. Elvis: I did the Ed Sullivan show four times. I did the Steve Allen show. I did the Jackie Gleason show... Stephen Christophers: Now you've done the Stephen Christophers Show, you've made it. Elvis: I hope I didn't bore you too much with my life story. Stephen Christophers: Elvis ladies and gentalmen...[Audience Clapping]

Music to inspire::Elvis - A Little Less Conversation::