I saw an ad for “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” the TV show, which is strange. We generally watch recorded or streaming TV, so seeing an ad is rare, but this one got through. I loved that book in high school and was thrilled to find out it was made into a TV show. I searched to find where it was playing…Hulu. We don’t have that. Darn. Over a year ago, I saw an ad for “Lucifer” which looked like an interesting show, but I haven’t watched it because I didn’t want to find it on the satellite, record it, and watch it out of order. I did find it on Hulu then but couldn’t bring myself to pay $12 a month for one TV show, so I let it go. And now there’s Dirk! Two shows, probably more when I get there and look around. I signed up! My sons are thrilled because “Rick and Morty” is playing there as well.
So, we’re flipping through to find out all that’s on Hulu and my husband finds “11.22.63.” Conspiracy theories are a fascination for most of this family, but not me so much. I’d watch it just because it had time travel! We watched it over the week, grumbling about time travel paradoxes, the lack of planning, and problems with the story. It was still a good show. We like shows we can pick apart just as much as ones that thrill us.
A week later, I’m having lunch with my Dad (also an avid time travel fan) and he tells me it’s a much better book. Of course, it is, but I didn’t know it was a book. I go home, look up the book, and find it’s a Stephen King book! What?! Maybe I should pay closer attention to titles and credits. Why is there so much going on that I don’t know about?! I guess I’ve had my nose stuck in classic literature and history too much to see the awesome new stuff coming out. I bought it instantly, along with “From Here to Eternity.” It was mentioned several times in the TV show, so I figured it was important to read that too. My reading list grows exponentially.
So here I am, reading and already loving it sixty-two pages in. But here’s what I really came to write about.
At the front of the book is this,
“It is virtually not assimilable to our reason that a small lonely man felled a giant in the midst of his limousines, his legions, his throng, and his security. If such a nonentity destroyed the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, then a world of disproportion engulfs us, and we live in a universe that is absurd.” -Norman Mailer
First of all, the “assimilable” bothers me. I can’t pronounce it, no matter how hard I try.
Second, the universe is not absurd. We are. Everyone lives in a world made up in their own mind. The rules we follow, i.e. all the “you have to” statements, are created by ourselves and then we voluntarily follow them. Everything we do is a choice, even not making a choice is actually a choice not to act. “Reason” is subjective to each individual. So, yes, something like a single gunman just walking up to a powerful figure and gunning him down might throw you for a loop if you believed that individuals have no real power. But we do. We all do. We all have an amazing power within us, but we’ve all been conditioned to believe otherwise. Think of “Finding Nemo” when the clown fish tells all the mackerel to “swim down.”
What if we all stopped? What if every one of us started to believe that we had power over our own choices? What if when we saw a hungry person we fed them, instead of complaining that no one does? What if we saw an injustice and refused to comply, instead of going along because the authorities say it is the law? What if we felt that something was painful or making us unhappy or sick and we just stopped doing it, instead of complaining about the difficulties of doing it?
It really is all up to us individually. “They” have no power over us that “we” don’t give them. “It” has no bearing on us that “we” don’t give it.