"Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping ... waiting ... and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir ... open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us ... guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love ... the clarity of hatred ... the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we'd know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we'd be truly dead." - Buffy Summers
"You know, I always say that a day without an autopsy is like a day without sunshine." -- Buffy Summers
"I think I speak for everyone here when I say, "huh?" - Buffy Summers
Today's Scission is NOT what one expects to find here at all. I know some of you will just take one pass and move along, but what can I say. The truth is the only reason it is here is that I happen to be the oldest big fan of the too long gone TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That's right I loved Buffy and the gang. I thought, still do, think it was one of the better series ever to appear on regular old TV. This wasn't some big HBO drama or anything, just a weekly program that dealt with real issues of real importance in the real lives of all of us, but probably even more so of adolescents. But again, I was already well into my forties when I began a fan and the program said some things to me, too. Most teenage TV or movies, I can live without. I do really like Pump Up the Volume. I also liked the Breakfast Club. Still they were movies, not just some crappy little TV series.
Buffy was different. I am not even sure how to describe why. I guess that is one reason I am running the post below. The author of the article which appears on the Toast.
There is more to life then politics, economics, war, social justice, racism, and prison. There is more to life then THE STRUGGLE. There is the other struggle which is life, your own personal life. There is love and fear and joy and despair. Life is full of ups and downs and often lacks any reason or any answers. Somehow every one of us has to deal with life in our own ways in our own time. For some of us life is a hell of a lot harder than it is for others. They say money isn't everything, but you know it can make life a lot more simple and eliminate a lot of hardships. The rich may piss and moan, but the rich mostly haven't met the poor. They don't know and they don't care.
The issues of growing up, of trying to figure out who the hell you are, or why the hell you or where the hell you are going (issues which we face ALL of our lives) may seem trite to those of us who call ourselves serious Marxists, communists, activists, etc. etc. etc. However, most of us know when you are in the middle of these "trite" little times, they sure as hell seem anything but.
Does any of this matter? Well, yes it does matter. However, is it worth a spot here, does it make sense for me to be spending time today and offering this up to you? I don't know really. You will have to be the judge of that.
And I won't even get into the slayer known as Faith.....
Anyway, like baseball, Scission plays a long season, so every now and then I am entitled to come up with something like this, don't you think?
Anyway, here we go...
BUT BEFORE WE GO TO FAR, I HAVE TO UPDATE WITH ANOTHER PIECE I JUST FOUND AFTER POSTING THIS. BUFFY AND CAPITALISM NO LESS...NOW IT WILL BE THE SECOND POST BELOW AND IT IS FROM THE GOTHIC IMAGINATION.