Tender Pray

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derJeffrey Calero
Tender Love

As we find atrocities within our society that is compelled by free market cronies, the stand for independence for the better good has come to be distorted. How can this be exemplified? David Hollander gives us a story of a young man who confines himself of images sough out by these exact societies that instill ideologies of prejudice, identity, love and fear. Through his conveying “Tender Prey” he unfolds these very feelings and emotion mixed with ideas and views.

As I see the twenty-seven year old surround himself with distraught feelings of a close ended love he sees the world in a retched out view, belittling his journey through graduate school as he works on his, as he would quote, “mostly unsuccessful”, first draft novel. With love being mostly an illusion sought out on another as depicted in Adrian House’s, “Francis of Assisi: A Revolutionary Life”, I notice that love can really blind a person to the point of vulnerability which then is ravished by these very, neoliberal mandated, societies. About love, House writes, “We are often first drawn to each other by the physical and mental attraction of looks, desire, wealth, rank and reputation; when emotion takes over we cross the psychological threshold of falling in love”, but, “if the object of our love is not the actual person but a projection of our own dreams and expectations, love languishes, not because the beloved has changed - as we like to make out – but because we have returned to our senses.”(House) With such a hit to the ego, a withered hallucination of love can be agonizing to the self, inclined to a state of complete vulnerability that is engulfed by the likings of society as standard norms, straying towards a disillusioned self. I find this as the young man hides his curtailed habit of smoking as he exemplifies his “imagine” of a straight that scolds of the very action. Most evident in the US, as free markets reign, those with most power control not only...
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