OUT ON THE EDGE
In Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Player Piano, machines built by engineers and managers run the world. Dr. Paul Proteus the brilliant manager of Illium Works is trying to help his friend and former colleague Ed Finnerty, who is breaking all of rules and contemplating suicide. When Paul suggests that Ed see a psychiatrist in Albany, Finnerty shakes his head and exclaims, “He’d pull me back into the center, and I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. Big, undreamed-of things—the people on the edge see them first.”
At times, each of us approaches the edge either physically or emotionally. When we get there, does our world come into better focus? Does the truth emerge? Can we see things that you can’t from the center?
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