>Postmodernism Between The Ancients

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Scene: Heraclitus and his wife in a supermarket deciding on tomorrow’s dinner. 

He: Plotting is living. It is the driving force behind human consciousness, the advancement of the individual, the state, the world. How can we bear death without organizing life’s events? 

She: What is a life only of events? 

He: Without a plan, empty chaos, undeserving of death’s culmination.

She: Meanwhile, time flows and your plots are oars in the river. Friendship, love, enmity, it all drifts away from you before you see it. 

He: The plots help us for when the time comes to square up against fate. 

She: If you let it carry you, you could see more landscape. 

He: We would get lost. When we fail, the challenge of structure is satisfying in itself.

She: You said it, we fail. What’s the point of planning for failure? 

He: Failure is certain. Life is uncertain. What’s the point at all?

She: That’s exactly it. None. 


Published by Daniel Ryan Adler

Daniel was born in Brooklyn, NY, and has lived in Portland, Oregon. He studied literature and philosophy at NYU and creative writing at Edinburgh University. He is finishing an MFA in Fiction at University of South Carolina.

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