Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Heart of Darkness

Couples sometimes split up when one or another realizes the person they’re with is a stranger. It’s great to see someone or something in a new light. That’s one definition of art. All of a sudden, a previously latent element of personality becomes apparent. It’s something which enriches a relationship and ultimately makes it more dynamic. But finding you don’t know the person next to you in bed is a form of horror. Capgras Syndrome is a neurological disorder in which a familiar face masks an imposter. What’s disconcerting is the delusion, the discovery that you have, for whatever reasons, willingly refused to see what was right before your eyes. It may be frightening to realize someone you thought you loved is not what or who you thought them to be. However, it’s ultimately not their fault. The real monster, that has allowed you to perpetuate a distorted view of reality, lies within. Maybe that was what Conrad was alluding to in Kurtz's iconic, "the horror, the horror."

Read "Pet Buddha" by Francis Levy, Vol.1 Brooklyn

and listen to Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, "If You Don't Know Me By Now"

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