Youth is like having a plate of candy. Sentimentalists think they want to be in a pure, simple state they were in before they ate the candy. They don't. They just want the fun of eating it all over again. The matron doesn't want to repeat her girlhood-- she wants to repeat her honeymoon. I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.Is nostalgia a wistful longing for better, more innocent times, or is it more a longing to lose that innocence all over again? Do we have a desire to regain the innocence to be innocent again or do we have that desire for the experience-- the rush if you will-- of losing that innocence all over again?
Monday, November 05, 2007
So I finished reading This Side of Paradise and stumbled across the following passage. It really hit a nerve with me: