The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive


2/4/05


the same old thing... dribs and drabs... just turned 62 
"oh my where has the time gone" o jennifer: you must live 
for every moment! there's not a second to lose! don't let 
go of that second! do everything! jennifer at 14: o alan 
thank you for telling me this now when i am so very young 
and there is still so much to learn and so much life in 
me! i promise i won't waste a second of my precious life! 
but wait, there's more! dark clouds on the horizon, and 
i've learned that humans are, after all, only human! don't 
count on anything or anyone! jennifer, it will be a big 
mistake! don't expect perfection! all species will die and 
all animals and plants! o alan, it's just a matter of 
time! look around you! everything you see will be gone in 
your lifetime! savor the essence! gone in mine, too! oh oh 
says jennifer, you have failed us! o o jennifer, i reply, 
we have led the good fight! you'll lead the good fight! 
it's the same good fight! different species! this one and 
that one! less than now, and now is less than then! don't 
even look at them! they're doomed! they've got no future! 
o o alan, it's the primate urge! it's our urge! we're 
better than them and better than the apes! we're not apes! 
we're human! we're the best there is and that's not very 
good but we're going to be perfect! we're on our way! it's 
a hard road! o jennifer, you'll follow us and do the same 
thing just like we followed them and we didn't think we 
followed them and we did the same thing! it's the way of 
the world, o jennifer! jennifer says o alan! oh oh oh!

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