|DARK of the EYE - Introduction|
|Written by jmauceri|
|Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:00|
"TRUE! — nervous — very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses — not destroyed — not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily — how calmly I can tell you the whole story."
In 1995 I received a review copy of a computer game titled “Dark of the Eye.” The game transported players into the universe of Edgar Allen Poe through adventures based on his stories "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "Berenice" told from the perspectives of both murderer and victim, and the poem "Annabel Lee." I’ve search Poe’s writings and I believe he never used the term “Dark of the Eye” in any of his writings, but it is apropos, and I will explain shortly.
First let me turn to the events of the day, the “Ides of March.” I am confident that the literate crowd is aware of the significance, but let me explain so that we may all be on the same proverbial page – a polite way of saying “enlightening the ignorant and illiterate.” In 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was warned by a seer that he would befall harm on his way to the Theatre of Pompey. A tad underplayed but the oracle’s warning was that he would be assonated. It is said that Caesar replied, “The Ides of March have come!” – his polite way of telling this fortuneteller “you’re full of shit and your not getting a single coin out of me.” “Aye, Caesar; but not gone," retorted the seer. Now according to Plutarch there were some 60 conspirators of the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. Caesar was confronted by them and stabbed 23 times, per Plutarch, while William Shakespeare's dramatization of the events has him stabbed 33 times (three and thirty wounds). It is also from Shakespeare's play that we are presented with the immortal words spoken by the soothsayer, "beware the Ides of March."
So let’s come back to the launch of my column DARK OF THE EYE on the “Ides of March.” This past December I was at an event of preeminent individuals in the entertainment industry. During one of the panels a speakers was asked what they attributed their success in using Facebook to promote their event. The response, “People are sheep.” Let me repeat, “People are sheep.” As those words began to take root in my psyche are response began to rise up, “People are sheep because they choose to be!”
And there in lies the rub for DARK OF THE EYE. On a daily basis I find myself confronted by events that transpire from the microcosm, the street where I live, to the macrocosm, the world stage. Observing what transpires leaves me dumbfounded. Now I know that between all the electronic gadgets that divert and consume the common folk’s attention they could simply miss out on reality. Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed unencumbered individuals participate and respond to insanity that goes beyond common sense and flat out defies logic.
On occasion I’ve presented my particular view of a situation to a group of peers and colleagues. I begin by saying, “I maybe mad, but…” As my monologue draws to a close I am surround by long faces, some uttering long sighs, a few “wows,” and a couple of, “You know you’re right and I never thought about it that way before.” Slowly the veil of madness parts, and I am no less relieved as I realize that it is the rest of the world that suffers from significant lapses in sanity.
Is there a truth here that harkens back to the tale when the tall European ships first approached the early Native Americans, it was such an impossible vision in their reality that their highly filtered perceptions couldn’t register what was happening, and they literally failed to see the ships? Is there are darkness within our vision that fails to perceive these daily events? Is there a blind spot on the retina where these things fail to register? Who is planting these filters within the zeitgeist? It seems that this DARK OF THE EYE is a filter that is trained/instructed to block out that item form our reality and it affects the impact of that on our other senses.
In hopes of keeping at bay the mountains of madness, as well as for you dear reader, and not succumb to the fate of Roderick Usher, I put forth the DARK OF THE EYE. Be they the musings of a madman or a sane man trying to remove the darkness, to wake up the somnambulist, it is up the reader to uncover their own truth. Into the vastness of the internet, initially each month on the 15th, they will appear. Do I protest too much, making much to do about nothing, or is there some dark conspiracy by a secret society seeking to manipulate the unwashed masses yearning to be free? Or is that just me politely saying, “It’s all bullshit and it’s bad for you!”
"I must perish in this deplorable folly. Thus, thus, and not otherwise, shall I be lost. I dread the events of the future, not in themselves, but in their results. I shudder at the thought of any, even the most trivial, incident, which may operate upon this intolerable agitation of soul. I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect --in terror. In this unnerved-in this pitiable condition --I feel that the period will sooner or later arrive when I must abandon life and reason together, in some struggle with the grim phantasm, FEAR."