RARA-AVIS: the hardboiled loser

From: Frederick Zackel ( fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 23 Jul 2003

Unless you're a recognized "loser," how can you find salvation? The moral code of the lone wolf isn't much off from that ancient Greek "goat song," the "tragodia" (or tragedy.) The lone wolf sacrifices himself (i.e., his personal pursuit of happiness) for his society by prowling the mean streets. He reluctantly stands up to the gunfire, puts himself in front of the bullet, for the greater good of his society -- even if he shuns it and it looks down its collective nose at him.

The mythology doesn't work unless he is a loser.

Frederick Zackel

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