This is another sort of nothing piece and again it is partly a tribute to a writer of which I am a great fan – The late Philip K Dick.
If you have read his work well done. Even if you haven’t you will all know of his writing because you must have seen the films “The Man in a High Castle, Total Recall, The Adjustment Bureau, Minority Report or of course Blade Runner” or maybe you live under a rock.
I love the writer’s work but then I was a bit of a geek in my youth as well as a reasonably good rugby player. I am, I’m afraid a man of contradictions….Anyway what enchanted me about his writing was the way his stories would spin off on tangents and he would insert Latin and German phrases into his prose. Drove me nuts I had to buy Latin and German dictionaries to finish his books. His novel A Scanner Darkly should be a set book for English Literature but then so should Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. This novel apparently holds the world record for greatest number of rejections by publishers so what do I know?
I have digressed…Dei Lachriman – translates as God’s Tear – according to Google translate.. but the latter doesn’t sound quite right. The painting sort of derives its title from a Robert Frost poem – Fire and Ice. Why? Well I think we so arrogantly overestimate our importance in the scheme of things. I don’t think the world is going to end either way. We are nothing more than a broken toy lying forgotten in some deity’s toy box. Our only fear is that it, he or she might move house.
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