Undercurrents can not exist without a stronger and more dominant current. The problem lies in properly lies in identify which current is primary and which is one of the secondary. For example, many great thinkers have established something known as the stream of consciousness. The expanse of human consciousness is more of an ocean, with many rivers, streams, and tributaries branching off of it. That being said, any one moment of awareness only makes logical sense when fit into a larger, overarching theme.
Themes are an entirely different construct altogether. For a theme to be established, it must fit into a standard set of beliefs, no matter how vague or undefined those beliefs are. A central, or primary, theme generally is used to extract everlasting truth. Inasmuch as art mimics life, counter-themes are used to tie all the loose ends together, lest the end leave us feeling torn and frayed.
“I feel significantly less than normal today, Smelden. As some may say, I have woken up on the wrong side of the bed.”
“Elvin, so I guess that would mean there is a ‘right’ side of the bed?”
As I made this remark, I held up two fingers on each hand as I uttered the word “right.” I distinctly remember just at this moment, there was a knock on the window of our classroom, as Elvin and I were having this conversation in a soft whisper, at the back of our classroom.
To be continued…