Sheer Immanence: Ethical Affirmation and the Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt / :10 / 16M / email@example.com /
In our second piece dealing with animation as the purveyor of philosophy, Gregg Jashnaniâ€™s piece about â€œMystery of the Human Thunderboltâ€, a piece from the Secret Origins #2 Annual is very deep, almost unreadable to the layperson of philosophy. The piece (which does not have a good explanation given to it by Gregg in this issue; perhaps readers could understand it better if a synopsis of the section is given) is about the Flash, caught up at the end of eir rope. What happens is that for Gregg, the Flash, even though eir super-speed and abilities is never able to escape the matter that eir is from. The idea of Flash-as-circuit is an interesting proposition as the story shows that the Flash is influential in some way for eir becoming the Flash in the first place. Gregg ties this to a section in â€œThe Gay Scienceâ€ where Nietzsche describes a proposition given by a demon, to live oneâ€™s life over continually (comparable in a sense to the plot of Groundhogâ€™s Day). The big question in Nietzscheâ€™s piece is whether it would be fulfilling to â€œlive once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in itâ€, to which the author responds positively. The Flash does much the same thing in eir meeting with the Anti-Monitor, and this synthesis of heavy philosophy and lighter comic narrative leads the reader to a crux. This piece may be dense and hard to understand at times, but give it a chance and one really will have an epiphany the second after one can connect the two philosophies.