In other words, yours is sort of a subjective reality then.
I don’t know. I don’t understand that, really, I’m not being coy when I say that I don’t understand what that means, but I … something has happened to my head somewhere … I really have to put myself in some other place when I think about what that means – subjective reality – I just think that in a way we are all part of another reality. I mean, we are all thought of somehow. Something has forgotten us or something remembers us. I think that occasionally if you tune in on that thing – or if you don’t tune in to it, then maybe the world is subjective reality – and a painful one. But when you tune in to that other thing that is thinking you, then maybe it is an objective reality, and you feel high. I really don’t know where it is, but it’s like this drone going on all the time. It’s an electrical drone that exists through all things, and you’re hanging yourself on that, or doing your tightrope walk on that, or you’re doing it somewhere else. It is just a matter of whether you want to be delighted by it or not. It’s really whether you choose to hear the objective drone or you choose not to. Whether you choose to or not, somehow you are still working with it.
A Session With Poet Cohen by Jon Whyte et al. The Gateway: December 2, 1966 (The Gateway is the student newspaper of The University of Alberta)
I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Aug 23, 2018.