Having just returned from outside on a snowy gray winter’s morning and showered off the animal smells of the day previous I wrangled thoughts taken up just previous in this unproductive looking day and set about adjusting them. The frenetic soundtrack of, “The Rocky Road to Dublin” silently plaguing the diminutive amphitheater of my cranium. While back there at the table scribbling away upon blur lined yellow tablets, and lazily observing the nervous glance of the head of the head of the local constabulary, who has off and eyed me with dubious suspicions over the last decade, I came to the conclusion that members of this current society all embody a contradiction of opposites.
Coincidental with the latest iteration of Broadway, Hollywood and classic nineteenth century literature are the extremes of Jean Valjean and his lifelong ‘doppleganger’, Javert. Their bi-polar nature came originally to life in the extraordinary history of the life of Eugène François Vidocq, a criminal who became the father of criminology. Someone whose tempestuous existence was heavily borrowed from repeatedly as a model for the inspired fiction of such famous authors as Honore d’ Balzac, Victor Hugo and Arthur Conan Doyle. While no one could plausibly argue, in the review my own existence. that there is anything lurkingly sinister or covert about my own life’s tale, I like so many others append a sense of culpability for the appearance of criminality for the sake alone of my seemingly unorthodox behavior.
For as I am sure that French Philosopher, Michele Foucault would tell you in his book, “Discipline and Punish”, the mere fact of being under the threat of constant surveillance makes one feel guilty. Living in a contemporary version of Orwellian society where the larger state no longer abides by the privacy of the individual, one’s action are always to be considered suspect somewhat in the tone of Javier to Jean Valjean. “One false step monsieur, and back to the galleys for life!” The notion of prison in the modern sense as being a constant discipline through strategic use of technology enforced within schools, hospitals and mass media. Like the physical remains of its foremost exponent, Jeremy Bentham, the all seeing Panopticon of modern society persistently maintains a hold upon everyone’s lives.