I read the book Brother Fish, by Bryce Courtney, with interest. It was an engaging book, although most of the female characters were rough sketches. One of the significant concepts in the book was the camaraderie born of shared traumatic experiences, in this case the Korean War. The characters, once depending on one another for survival, developed deep, abiding and respectful relationships with one another. They also had times when the burden of knowledge of reality was so great that they had to drop away from the superficiality of the status quo to reorient, to compensate for the cold unreality of consumer based social interactions. The book called these times of reorientation, “Jocko’s Sadness”.
I think there are quite a few Canadians [and all humans today], of all ages and genders, who understand “Jocko’s Sadness” all too well.
This is Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada, so I’d like to send kind thoughts to all those who experience “Jocko’s Sadness”, in way of giving thanks to the universe for creating some terrific people.
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“. . . besides love, independence of thought is the greatest gift an adult can give a child.”
Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One
An interview with Bryce Courtney, who in my opinion harbours a great respect for people, the journalist not so much…