Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Molloy discovers himself to be literalized.

Flash! Molloy finds that his fellow teacher on this trip has been blogging away mysteriously and has incorporated Molloy into her suspenseful narratives.

Molloy wishes to state, therefore, for the record, that he has been absorbed into someone else's mind and whatever acts of heroism or perfidy he might commit in those narratives in no way signify any ill or benevolent intentions or accomplishments of his own, unless they redound to his credit, in which case he declares ownership. It is hard enough for Molloy to roam in his own mind, somewhat dizzying to think that he wanders in two minds simultaneously, not to mention his origins in yet other minds and other narratives, where he wandered in search of his mother, or quoted a parrot. For an explanation of this phenomenon of multiple existences, cf. the observation on the labyrinthine omniscience of God in the preceding meditation. This is a further reflection on David, who exists in as many consciousnesses in as many ways as there are people who view him while wandering in search of the bathroom, or who fall asleep in contemplation of his marble being on the small benches near the corner pillars. David's "greatness" may also be a creation of art history scholars in need of tenure and the Florentine tourist industry, which brings in the money to maintain the work and the thick glass railing that surrounds it.

We learn from current political leaders that the measure of Truth is the ability of a statement to shed a benign light on the worst and most self-serving behaviors.


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