THE FIRST BOOK
The Earth is the one true book, a material presence beyond the artifice of representation. Buried in the dirt is the history of human power. We learned to make nature unnatural, starting with fire and ending with the atomic bomb. Once we used god to describe otherness, but we are becoming god the more we acquire ways to command the elements, begging the question
does our moral foresight befit the tools we’ve made?
Prometheus was the Titan trickster who stole fire from the gods for humanity. The myth is a warning of transgressing against the gods, AKA nature, and for the act Prometheus suffers, chained to a rock as a bird eats her liver for eternity. Prometheus, gendered female in this version, speaks to an early human who has just discovered fire. They discuss what it means to turn against nature, what is the substance of nature, what is human power, and what it means that we have power. The early human sees the animal security of fire, the god sees the ultimate ability to create or destroy depending on our human condition. The god and the early human are two parts of our being, the will to have and make, and the logic of how to survive for as long as humans and all life on Earth can manage.
The story takes place out of time, in a space between myth and history. The story of who we are is lodged somewhere between what is real and what is perceived, both of which lie buried in the dirt. The First Book is a mythical look backwards in time to an imagined encounter between otherness and our beginning.
THE HISTORY OF OUR HUMANITY IS OUR ABILITY TO HAVE POWER, THAT WHICH IS EXPRESSED BY THE BODY AND THAT WHICH IS USED TO CONTROL OTHER BODIES. TAKING AWAY LIFE OR GIVING IT DEPENDS ON THE DESIRE AND USE OF FORCE OR THE FOCUS OF WILL. IT IS THE STORY OF OTHERNESS AND The SELF, EVEN THE ACT OF OTHERNESS WITHIN THE SELF, IN THE SENSE THAT THE SELF IS AN EVOLUTION, A NEVER STABLE OR KNOWABLE STATE. THE TWO CHARACTERS PERSONIFY ASPECTS OF our humanity LODGED BETWEEN THE NEEDS OF THE BODY AND THE MIND.