From the blog: "'We had the experience but missed the meaning.' Taken
in context, the line is as crushingly bleak as anything Eliot wrote."
If the human condition is anything, it is having the experience/missing
the meaning. What's bleak is not coming to that understanding and
responding accordingly. The blogger is right to take to task lines
lifted out of context from 4Q, but he does not discover the context
himself which exists in the underlying drama of each Q. DS exists in the
context of a preacher delivering a sermon for a specific purpose to a
congregation whose collective lives have been lost in the living.
Neither DS nor any of the Qs reveal their context without understanding
the underlying acts they manifest in the controlling metaphor of each.
Rickard A. Parker wrote:
> Better than average TSE blog. I've posted
> the first two paragraphs.
> Posted by Ben Myers at 12:49 AM
> Monday, 6 September 2010
> We had the experience but missed the meaning:
> a note on misreading