“Where’re you from?” the stripper asks him.
“Melbourne,” he replies.
“How about that?” she says, “I’m from Ballarat.”
“Yeah? That’s pretty close to Melbourne.”
“You’re not wrong.”
An hour later Eddie is digesting a McDonald's Happy Meal with fries.
The thing is, Eddie believes in nothing and no one believes him.
But it wasn’t always that way.
In the 50s and 60s, he grew up in an Italian neighbourhood in an inner suburb of Melbourne. When he was playing with the Italian boy who lived on the other side of the fence, a question appeared in his mind. "If Australia and Italy go to war, do we have to fight each other?" In that moment he became aware that people distinguished themselves from others, not only by their physical characteristics but by what they believed in, and what nationality, religion or culture they identified with.
Navigating a course through the conventional paths of career, marriage and the acquisition of worldly possessions, Eddie came across a spiritual adept who instigated a fundamental shift in his awareness from that of the confines of scientific materialism to the freedom of boundless consciousness. He eventually reclaimed the understanding he enjoyed as a child that all beliefs are arbitrary and divisive, and even in a world where much is seemingly to the contrary, every thing is exactly as it is meant to be.
Vignettes, short stories, essays and poetry are used in this memoir as the means for communicating who Eddie is, the divisive nature of beliefs and the futility of seeking happiness.
Copyright © 2012 Eddie Blatt
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