August 16, 2014

Los Theorem: Elucidating "Evgoodil"

The Conduit Passages have finally begun to arrive. Just short of a week ago, The Mysterious Laissez Capono submitted a passage titled “Evgoodil,” which was then posted as a blog. That sensation of awe, instilled after reading Laissez’s initial email, is exceptionally enhanced post reading “Evgoodil,” the genesis of The Conduit Passages. The piece of writing is mind boggling; I was immediately struck by its complexity and ambiguity. What follows is my attempt to decipher the content.

My first realization is the compelling synchronization of the passage title and image. The term “Evgoodil,” is clearly a combination of the words, “good,” and “evil.” The way in which Laissez Capono combines these words seemingly hint to imply that good is surrounded by evil and/or even in evil there is good.

The image reflects such a theme, as it depicts an angelic archetype with an illuminating aura surrounded by shadows. Is the angel emerging to or from the source of light? Are the shadows submitting or opposing? Does the angel actually represent good and the shadows evil, or is it vice versa? These are the questions, not explicitly proposed or answered, yet implicitly evoked throughout the passage; perhaps to stimulate a unique interpretation for each individual reader.

In the first stanza, Laissez introduces “vice,” which is defined as immoral or wicked behavior. “Vice,” is then referred to as a game which immediately allowed me to recall the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the epitome of criminal activities. The passage goes on to highlight some of these criminal activities (e.g. shooting and drug dealing) in a rather sporadic fashion via fascinating word play and double entendre usage.

“The game doesn’t come to an end, the rounds are infinite. We deliver them in increments in conflicting predicaments, playing at our own expense and feel like we benefit.”
The game of vice is never-ending. The infinite rounds represent the levels of the game as well as the ammunition of a firearm, which players of the game exchange in increasing value during hostile situations. In doing this, the player is putting his life at risk yet fooled by the thought of adding value to it.

As the first stanza concludes, although puzzling, I got the impression that Laissez was deeming himself as a novice for beginning the passage in the way that he did. It was as if he were saying, “That was a rookie mistake, allow me to start over,” which is intriguing because he could have simply omitted the first stanza altogether. For this reason, the second stanza is most ironic in that it represents Laissez’s new/second beginning yet acknowledges the old/first beginning of life according to Christian religion.

“And the risk, nothing but stones. That ground image came from all them niggaz tossing the rocks; wild scrimmages.”
The risk he takes in enlightening you all is being stoned, and this perception derives from Jesus Christ being stoned by the Jews after his attempt to illuminate.

Laissez abruptly changes directions again after briefly highlighting “good,” and insinuating its dominance by, “evil.” Stanzas 3, 4 and 5 are creatively transcribed in green text to reflect “slime penmanship,” which I regard as writing that projects repulsive images. The random rambling, the nemesis letter, and Laissez’s reflections of his own abhorrent experiences are all delivered in a rhythmically appealing structure; bar after bar!

The passage concludes with a final transition from evil-based to good-based and Laissez captivates readers with the clincher, “If the mind is confined, the body will reap conviction.” I translate this as, “If you allow yourself to be limited mentally, you will too be limited physically.” I encourage audience to comment and provide their own interpretation of this Laissez Capono passage; for this is just my reflection of what I perceived the content as symbolizing. This is my attempt to elucidate “Evgoodil.” This is Los Theorem.