The Nature of the Search

The MoviegoerI was recently inspired to re-read The Moviegoer by Walker Percy.  I read it soon after moving to Hawaii, and I’m enjoying it quite a bit (as I seem to have forgotten quite a bit). Here’s one of my favorite quotes from Binx so far.

What is the nature of the search? you ask.

Really it is very simple, at least for a fellow like me, so simple that it is easily overlooked.

The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life.  This morning, for example, I felt as if I had come to myself on a strange island.  And what does such a castaway do?  Why, he pokes around the neighborhood and he doesn’t miss a trick.

To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something.  Not to be onto something is to be in despair.

 

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