IN TRAGEDY: THE VICTIM: A WELL-KNOWN
YALE ATHLETE: SAVED BY THE
Necessary But Insufficient
A bumper sticker I’ve pasted on the backs of my eye lids.
Necessary but insufficient cause: part of the process but not
sufficient to explain, interpret, account for, justify whatever.
Anything. Works, deeds, intentions, plans, effort, practice,
skill, conditions, reason, timing, devotion: all necessary &
“Words are inadequate, Sam,” students say again and again.
Yes, of course. All our words I say they wouldn’t be here this
morningright now playing with mind &idea if it hadn’t been a
bullet was fired in
at night near the end of the 19th century, April 26, 1897 to be
exact, —an inadequate but necessary because to their being
here right now postponing joy. .
I could drive north, secure that bullet, bring it here to pass it
all around & each might feel an appropriate piece of personal
destiny, it’s small heft in the palm; & realize: “if it weren’t for this
bullet I wouldn’t be here now today. None of us in this
class would. “
A necessary if insufficient cause.
But the key notion is necessity.
But the key notion is insufficiency.
I could tell you why: you and the bullet are related ("it's all
relative, Sam!") show the causality & prove it. Not a long
story you could deny if you were illogical.
Shrine in mind: icon representing origins, generation, necessity,
insufficiency: standing for the always ripped- off & reduced
violations to the whole that any explanation carries, leaden
embodiment of crimes committed by my discrimination & arbitrary
reasons-why, interpretations, comprehensions determining my
assess-mentalism & course evaluations if it weren't for that
Necessary, sure. Bright, shining, lucid rockets red glaring
clarifications & . insufficient. So much occluded by my
account abilities. More than I can say. My guilt makes good
sense just in case I forget to remember my inadequacies,
insufficiencies & necessities..