Saturday, 21 July 2012

A True Love Story (Part 2)

There really was a woman who had to concentrate to stay on the ground.


Her mother, while pregnant with her, had taken one too many headache pills and she, as a result, had to concentrate to stay on the ground.


The outside terrified the woman who had to concentrate to stay on the ground. To lose concentration while outside could mean death in the upper atmosphere, cold and alone.


Before going out the woman who had to concentrate to stay on the ground covered her shoes in glue.


She slept tied to her bed and never opened her window at night.


When the woman who had to concentrate to stay on the ground was a girl she had a special note from her mother saying that she didn't have to go outside during breaks.


She spent her breaks in classrooms reading and sometimes looking through the window.


The woman who had to concentrate to stay on the ground didn't have any friends. She couldn't afford them, she couldn't let them distract her.


She didn't allow herself to be happy.


She worked on a PhD on Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason which kept her feet firmly on the ground. The woman who had to concentrate to stay on the ground always carried a copy of the Critique with her. If the woman who had to concentrate to stay on the ground felt herself begin to float off she flicked through her Critique looking for an underlined passage like:


'The necessity of existence can never be known from concepts, but always only from connection with that which is perceived in accordance with Universal laws of experience.' 


or


'Before constructing any objective judgement we compare the concepts to find them identity (of many representations under one concept) with a view to universal judgements, difference with a view to particular judgements, agreement with a view to affirmative judgement, opposition with a view to negative judgements, etc' 

It was her lifebuoy.

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