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Amazon Congo Mississippi 1 of 4

August 21, 2015

Or, “Workin’ for the Man Every Night and Day”—Sing It!  (Psychopathologies of our American democracy, anyone? And how does the soul move, and be moved, in this song, this dance, these flows of imagination?)

This morning I posted a dream, with a reference to this new episode (which might take a while to fully develop).

The source of this episode (and probably that dream) was a comment, in context of the recent discussion of the philosophy of work at Amazon Inc, by a friend with experience there, about the fact or folktale that Jeff Bezos picked that name because the Amazon is the largest river in the world, by volume. True or not, the thought itself makes sense; and that got me thinking about rivers that are important as vehicles of the imagination, images of the nature of life, interpretations of life.

So in this episode, I’ll try to imagine the Amazon as an image of quantity, perhaps v. quality, the Congo as an image of a core, corrupting darkness (Conrad, Coppola), and the Mississippi as an image of the flow of life in death in life (Mark Twain). And since I’m the one imagining the entire episode, I’ll re-imagine my own image of “the river” during my factual life (thus Ike and Tina Turner—as I first heard it—and another early performance that I especially like—and the delight and high energy in Amsterdam).

And here’s a poem of rivers, by Langston Hughes.  And his reading and comments.

It was one of Hughes’ earliest poems, but already soul was deepening in him, he was deepening in soul; and maybe a lesson there is that, even when we’re young, it’s good if we imagine and honor the Old Growth of the soul, or the Old Waters.

From → corporations, Jeff

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