Item description for Nothing Gold Can Stay by Marshal Pierce...
"Above, against a blue sky's sun, dazzling clouds large as thunder, reveled two birds. They flew gracefully, seeming to fly for no reason apparent except to enjoy the flight of their wings. And, how marvelous did they look contrasted against this splendid background. Anyone, if they noticed these avian soars, would marvel, 'how rare; unusual that so few birds escapade their delight of wings in free form.' So too with people would this be true. For, all of us do have wings, yet, most never fly." And so begins Nothing Gold Can Stay. We often speak of freedom in terms of wealth, ambition, and acquisition of power-all held to be noble today. However, have we allowed our minds to become slaves to such acquisitions? Through our materialistic freedoms, have we really lost sight of the truest form of freedom: thought? How often do we take time from our day to day tasks and really think independently-to create original ideas and allow them to flourish? Nothing Gold Can Stay is more than just a philosophical enterprise, but rather a book about healing the post-modern soul.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.35" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date Jun 28, 2005
Publisher Wasteland Press
ISBN 1933265566 ISBN13 9781933265568
Reviews - What do customers think about Nothing Gold Can Stay?
After Hesse and Nietzsche, what's next? How about Pierce? Aug 30, 2005
This book reminds me of Hesse (Peter Camenzind, The Glass Bead Game, Beneath the Wheel) merged with Nietzsche's Zarathustra, the former because of the growth of the young man and the erudtion, and the latter for the criticism of mass man with the character Lawrence rising above the mass man (is this an example of the ubermensch?). But the book differs from those authors in a unique way, and can also be considered the anti-thesis of Rand's Galt Gulch. Instead of gathering together the elite producers of mankind in a new world, promising a better tomorrow for man, Pierce's character Lawrence eradicates the elite intellectuals, hoping to remove all chances of man overcoming his present defeating condition, and allowing mankind every chance it can to destroy itself, an outcome which the collective actions of mankind seem destined towards.
Days later after finishing the book, I'm still trying to figure out if I can find a way to be uplifted by the book, or if the ultimately negative tone regarding mans' fate is to prevail. Does the work serve as a criticism of the mass man, pointing out the absurdities and some disturbing predictions for his future, or does it more simply predict damnation for all men, with the multitude overwhelming the small lot of thinking men? I'd like to find a way to let the critical man, the ubemensch, whatever he is, succeed despite the obstacles mass man erects. That's more along my world-view, but I don't know that that intersects with Pierce's view, and whether or not I'm trying to shoe-horn my views onto the book.
Some of my favorite quotes: "Man like cattle defines himself by his brands" (p. 112)
"... all of us do have wings, yet most never fly" (p. 1)
"... instead of hunting bare footed in packs they shopped in Super Walmarts, drove in cars, and in the midst of gas stoves, forgot what flint was." (p. 152)