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Riddley Walker, Colin Wilson, H. G. Wells, agoraphobia, novelty, pathos, and the outsider

excerpted from THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas




“It seams like every body elses got ansers

only I haven’t got nothing only askings.”

the colloquial Riddley Walker



This ‘conceptual agoraphobia’, as it were, can be the undoing of the individual who is blessed with the privilege of complete wonder; the negative response often leads to the pathos of the ‘outsider’, driving him or her into loneliness and insanity. This type of response is a large thread woven through Colin Wilson’s brilliantly written work, The Outsider, from which Jouffrey’s quote was taken. In his exhaustive study of individuals on the crest of consciousness, Wilson shows how anyone who divorces themselves from the meanings imposed upon life by mankind no longer fits anywhere into a society whose truths are seen to be completely false. This leads, in his book, to a thesis on tragic individuals who, for the most part, have fallen away from the world of men, because they have seen ‘too deeply’.

Colin Wilson explains the general nature of the outsider's predicament, by saying, “Without the meaning his Will would normally impose on it, his existence is absurd.” Wilson then gives, as an example of that absurdity, a quote from H.G Wells, who stated: “Hitherto, events had been held together by a certain logical consistency, as the heavenly bodies have been held together by gravitation. Now it is as if that cord had vanished, and everything was driving anyhow to anywhere at a steadily increasing velocity... A harsh queerness is coming into things... We pass into the harsh glare of incredible novelty. ...The more strenuous the analysis, the more inescapable the sense of mental defeat.”

Now, this ‘harsh queerness’ and ‘harsh glare’ will necessarily lead to the ‘mental defeat’ of a scientist, such as Wells (or anyone else so dependent on the reasoning mind), who finally must come begrudgingly to terms with his or her own incorrigible ignorance.

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THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas

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