Meaninglessness: Derrida, Dangerfield, Joe Simpson

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Stare into the existential abyss and you’ll find strange bedfellows pursuing various diversionary routes. Three noteworthy examples in recent news would be French literary theorist, Jacques Derrida who died last week at 74, comedian Rodney Dangerfield who died last week at 82, and Joe Simpson, manager of Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, who has defied Hollywood odds and is very much alive in the entertainment scene.

Derrida is considered the father of deconstructionism and despite his theory dismissing our ability to understand authorial intent, was prolific, writing 40+ books. That alone is enough to make you cynical about his theory.

When asked to describe deconstructionism he said, “ It is impossible to respond. I can only do something which will leave me unsatisfied.” Earlier he described his theory this way, “needless to say, one more time, deconstruction, if there is such a thing, takes place as the experience of the impossible”

Rodney Dangerfield took a more direct accessible approach to his cynicism born of human folly. His self deprecating humor included, “ My fan club broke up. The guy died,” “Last week my house was on fire. My wife told the kids, “Be quiet, you’ll wake up daddy.”

The sorriest cynicism is reserved for Joe Simpson, father of Jessica and Ashlee who is pitching a new reality show in which teens will be offered the opportunity to be the new Simpson? The winner theoretically, will be instructed on how to jump through the same hoops as his hapless daughters, building a career around getting the right hairdresser and wardrobe specialist, finding the right audio producer to mask and enhance your limited vocal talent, negotiate great deals, and when on the downhill slide, get a self-deprecating reality show to make a complete ditz of yourself on national TV.

Not to worry, Joe’s brand of cynicism is more acceptable than Derrida and Dangerfield, because “He’s still a minister (once a youth pastor now an agent) helping kids get their dream!”?

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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