Monday, June 8, 2009

Tale Told By an Idiot

“ God is no Respecter of Persons”

Consider: the word “person” literally means a

“sounding thru”—not any THING at all.

Can’t touch a “per-son” because a person is the

sound sounding thru. In Greek theater, which

was a religious ritual aimed at provoking Catharsis

(a momentary purging of Fear and Pity,) the actors

(literally “hypocrites” or “role-players”) wore large

representative masques, each with a little megaphone

at the mouth, so their sound could be heard through

out the amphitheater.

The mask and megaphone was called a “per-son”—

personic. Persona and person derive from this literal

description and context.

I like that etymology. A person is no thing but a

sounding-thru. You might recall Shakespeare ’s


Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing

You might find the SOUND of that (or the MEANING)

negative. I could argue that it’s wonderfully descriptive

& neither negative nor positive—or rather: positive because

it unveils our materialistic “thing-y” bias and reveals

how-it-is we are all bags of breaking wind, yes?

Trans-formers articulating breath into

rat-a-tattoos of articulated sonar &

consonantal ratios signifying

things from no things, each

one of us natural born

idios telling our tales

on a social stage

where putting

it in play is

the thing

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