can there be "closure" to a tragedy?April 29 2012 at 9:53 PM
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in my humble opinion there are no more vulgar and obscene words in the psycho-babble of our day, than "closure" and "self-esteem". may God save us from "closure" and "self-esteem". i believe it was jorge luis borges who said something to the effect, "what a sad thing it was when the mythology of freud displaced the ancient and true mythology of the greeks."
matthew arnold in a famous preface to his poems wrote, "what then are the situations, from the representations of which, though accurate, no poetical enjoyment [or possibly salvation] can be derived? they are those in which the suffering finds no vent in action; in which a continuous state of mental distress is prolonged, unrelieved by incident, hope, or resistance; in which there is everything to be endured, nothing to be done."
is this not the very definition of tragedy? is this not the essence of Anissa's story? there is no closure or salvation to the morning of saturday august 28, 1976. there is only a continuous state of mental distress prolonged, unrelieved by incident, hope, or resistance; in which there is everything to be endured, nothing to be done.
this is why we can not, nor dare, forget Anissa.