‘Doin your thang and bein where it’s at, is what it’s all bout, maaan’.

Java was responding to a discussion we’ve been having with friends on existentialism. It all started at this get-together – well, not really a get-together – more of a chance meeting of mutual friends at Benny the Dude’s pad. I had dropped in to pick up my ‘Amores Peros’ DVD as I wanted another look at it before I checked out ‘Babel’. I already took a second deck at ‘21 Grams’ but felt the need to sharpen the awareness before a critical evaluation of the Inarittu trilogy. Benny was his usual effusive self and we sat back to some cool jazz courtesy of Oscar Peterson. Summertime, Love for Sale and Take the A Train, mixed with the right combination of inebriants went a long way to setting the mood that was broken by the sound of the doorbell.

It was Sonny and Cher aka Sol Dickson and The Cherry Lady. Greetings all around and they sat to join us with the music and all. Oscar’s Just in Time was at the spot where the solo piano does this mad progression, when Benny, from out of nowhere, comes up with this scene from ‘A Clockwork Orange’, where Alex, played by Malcolm McDowell, is kicking the shit out of a distinguished couple – the elderly gentleman in a wheelchair and his attractive wife – in a manor type residence that Alex and his Droogs have broken into. And this, says Benny the Dude, was the moment he flashed that existentialism made the most sense – philosophically speaking, that is.

At the end of his analysis on how the whole thing related, The Cherry Lady – Cher begs to differ and breaks into a monologue about divinity, spiritual energies, karma and such. Sonny joins in and it looks like he thinks much the same as Cher does, but he doesn’t want to commit himself to a belief in the existence of a ‘superior being’. Cher asks Benny the Dude how it could be denied that the universe has an intrinsic meaning, a reason or rationale when everything does – have a reason for being, is what I think she meant. Benny posits that the universe, as it is perceived, is dependent on perception, which in turn is dependent on consciousness and without the individual consciousness existence would cease. So, he went on to say, individuals should not be distracted by the icons that evolved out of mythic origins and should take responsibility for their actions in fashioning their individual paths towards whatever nirvanic destination they had in mind. I didn’t say a thing, but maybe I should have, as this is where Java decided to enter the exchange.

Lisssenup here yo folk, dis discusshun aint goin nowhere an fast, maaan. Yo people know bout Jah? Jah be da Rasta’s main source of energy maaan an we be doin communion tru da holy weed wit Jah now fo loooong time now. But know what? All dis shheeet be jus dat – sheet maaan! All dis religion be da way som folk get dere power over da majority – get dem scared of da unknown an promise dem salvation an everlastin life, an a lot more buuul maaan an dey got dem folk doin whatever dey say. Dese cats prey on fear maaan.

Java’s off the wall and Benny the Dude lets him know it. God, he says, is not part of the equation here, but the fact that the individual consciousness is the entirety. That’s when Java came out with his bit…

Doin your thang and bein where it’s at’, is what it’s all bout, maaan. ‘Here and now’ –  now here = nowhere! Same difference! Dig?

Make sense?

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