"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." /
"Ars longa, vita brevis" / "Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!" /
What defines the human condition is the blunt fact of our mortality, our capacity to live day-to-day, while our minds are drawn to the absolute, the eternal. Hence the joys and frustrations of the human condition. We pine for aesthetic rapture in the form of Bach's eternal St Matthew Passion, but the ephemeral riff of Bang a Gong (Get It On) (vale Marc Bolan) refuses to make a discreet exit from the frontal lobe, however we would want to gentrify our mental space.
/ How you choose to bridge between the vacant thrill of ephemera and the rich pulse of eternity is up to you -- bricks and mortar (and cultivating your garden), headlong sensuality, Reader's Digest, the categorical imperative, the drum solo in LedZep's Moby Dick (an unflattering glimpse of eternity) -- but it's generally more interesting to tackle the job in good company.//
This test will help you find that company.