Sunday, June 24, 2007

Northern Exposure quote

From Northern Exposure season five, the episode titled “Rosebud.” Leonard and Chris are talking at The Brick, the bar and restaurant in Cicely, Alaska. Leonard is collecting folk stories from white people to find out how they use mythology to heal, but all he’s heard so far are urban legends about hooks on cars and wasp nests in beehive hairdos.

LEONARD: I simply can’t find any healing properties in these fables. White people don’t seem concerned at all with using mythology to heal themselves. In fact, they seem intent on making each other feel worse.
CHRIS: I mean, you know, there’s gotta be something to be learned from this. Maybe – maybe it’s just indicative of how threatened we feel in the wake of the Industrial Revolution.
LEONARD: How is that?
CHRIS: Well, you know, it’s just not the clock maker and the clock anymore. Everything’s rolled off the assembly line, you know. We feel rattled by the anonymity of our possessions. Hey, where’d that come from? Who’s this guy? Who can I trust? Mass production gave rise to capitalism, but it undermined the individual, which in turn killed God, and we as a society have filled that vacuum with fear and paranoia.
LEONARD: How does the rise of capitalism explain the one about the young woman in the Volkswagen?
CHRIS: Oh, yeah, right. The uh, drive-in movie, Spanish fly, gearshift deal. I don’t know, brother, you’re on your own there.

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