On The Bridge To Nowhere In Particular (Part 1)

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A fun blog of 'soft' philosophy about the life and times of a Westiepoo called Chester. Written as a prelude to a more serious novel raising the question: Who is the most bankrupt: the banker who won't whistle-blow or the chef who loses her livelihood?

Occasionally, to break the monotony of the same walk each day, and my master has access to the car, he will take me to no less more exotic places. For the past six months, he has been writing about my life in the WS' household on this blog, Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere. But, unfortunately, things are about to change. You see, he is presently twelve chapters into a thirty or so book that blurs the lines between fiction and nonfiction, discovering debt and how to change societal attitudes toward it, and now needs to concentrate his writing energy on his book rather than the story my life.

My master's story started as a journal he kept while living through bankruptcy (a career path he hadn’t planned or anticipated taking) and evolved steadily toward a piece of fiction. Knowing that he is trying to create an artistic work helps lower his personal vulnerability while also allowing him to speak to philosophical and moral issues less hindered by any sense of fear or recrimination.

The inspiration for this type of novel comes from an American theologian called Brian McLaren who uses a similar literary style to explore issues of belief and progressive faith. He thinks of Galileo, who lived at the boundary of medieval and modern worlds, becoming convinced of some ideas that were, in his time, considered unorthodox, odd & crazy. He could not explain his new ideas in straight expository prose, so Galileo resorted to an ancient form of writing.  Galileo supposedly said:

“I have thought it most appropriate to explain these concepts in the form of dialogues which, not being restricted to the rigorous observance of mathematical laws make room also for digressions, which are sometimes no less interesting than the principal argument.”

Such is the case with McLaren's "The New Kind of Christian" trilogy. It is a philosophical dialogue between two people conflicted by modern and post-modern worldviews of faith. Absorbing if you are a theologian because it deconstructs theology and reconstructs it for the twenty-first century. McLaren is unequivocally provocative, mischievous, and unclear reflecting a belief that "clarity (perspicuity) is sometimes overrated, and that shock, obscurity, playfulness, and intrigue (carefully articulated) often stimulate more thought than clarity."

The concept of my master's book is, therefore, to deconstruct old views of debt to try and explore a reconstruction in the ilk of a "New Debt-Free Economy."

To be continued ...

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