Beyond Consolation by John Waters

By John Waters

Within the overdue spring of 2008 the acclaimed Irish author Nuala O' Faolain went on a countrywide Irish radio programme to inform the Irish people who she used to be death of melanoma. She used to be afraid of dying and of the quick time left to her. the following was once a spokesperson for a iteration which now conjured up an abyss for itself, reviewing a tradition she had inhabited and helped to create one final time. She believed neither in an afterlife nor in God. With Nuala O' Faolain's broadcast as his aspect of departure, Waters examines this trajectory of Irish tradition so far of depression. How average is it to think in not anything? He explores a brand new language to excavate the adventure of Irish society from what seemed to be profound in its conventional religion to this second of what may possibly simply were taken as a second of nihilistic readability. What glossy women and men be afflicted by in glossy tradition is the shortcoming of an concept of the endless and the everlasting.

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E. specific religions and institutionalised religion, the questions lack a structure upon which we might continue to look at them. The only words we have seem to ‘belong’ to one or other tradition, and so are useless to any attempted approach from another direction. It is 38 The Silent Melody not possible to say or write any reasonably extended series of words – more than a couple of sentences – without setting off the cultural tripwires that lead immediately to a short-circuiting of the conversation.

They blend into what we understand as reality so as to become unremarkable. We do not remark on them, and it would start to seem strange if we did. The gift that poets and artists have is to see these elements in reality and draw attention to them, but most of us regard such engagements as a kind of imaginative game whereby the ‘creative’ personality indulges a tendency to see things that are not there, but uses these flights of fancy to create combinations of words and sounds and forms that look and sound interesting or agreeable.

Of course it is true that ‘ideology’ has indeed become a term of abuse. I use it so myself – ideologically – to place opponents beyond the Pale of common sense, whenever I want to paint myself out of a corner and am too lazy to argue any more. As Terry Eagleton put it, ideology, like halitosis, is what someone else has. The word, of course, has multiple meanings. ’ Generally, when we accuse someone of being ideological, we suggest that they are seeing the world though the gauze of a fixed system of thought, whereas we, of course, deal in ‘reality’.

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