What follow are a few paragraphs from The Daily Grail's 4-27-17 Alan Moore interview entitled "Alan Moore on Science, Imagination, Language and Spirits of Place":
"We live in a world that is mostly predicated on a rational and
scientific worldview, which effectively means that any phenomenon beyond
the physically measureable is automatically deemed non-existent,
including souls, gods, ghosts and human consciousness. While I would
agree that we need to recover the psychological connection that once
existed between ourselves and our environment – because to do otherwise
is to render us all pointless automata in a material world which, by its
own admission, has no direction or purpose – I would say that the
problem could be more sharply defined if we put aside contentious terms
like ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’, and instead opted for the less vague but just
as scientifically problematic term ‘meaning’. If by coming to know more
about the historical or mythological aspects of the places in which we
live we make those places more meaningful, to us at least, then I
suggest that this will lead to experiencing ourselves as more meaningful
in our new, illuminated context.
"The big difference between ‘meaning’ and ‘a spirit’ is that where
meaning is concerned, we have to do all the necessary hard work in order
to invest that place or that person or that object with meaning,
whereas spirits just sort of turn up, don’t they? I believe that our
world is gloriously haunted with meaning; that it’s we ourselves that
are doing the haunting; and that we should be doing more of it, or doing
it more strenuously.
"In an era where supposedly hard material reality seems to shift more
like vapour with every passing day, I think it becomes more evident that
timeless and unchanging mythology is the actual solid bedrock on which
our flimsy and temporary human realities are briefly erected. Whether
you call it soul or spirit or meaning, it is the Real, as opposed to
this spasming neo-conservative monetarist/materialist dream that we’re
all required to share, and if we care about having a meaningful world in
which to lead meaningful lives then we should all try harder to
reinvest our environments with the meaning that belligerent materialism
has sucked out of them."
To read the interview in its entirety, click HERE.
Alan Moore's latest novel is JERUSALEM (Liveright, 2016), which is available right HERE.