One Hand Clapping
In The Truman Show, actor Jim Carrey plays the unwitting star of a television program who tests the limits of his reality, gradually discovering that the "real" world lies just beyond the boundaries of the set. The director of this mythical TV show explains: "We all accept the reality with which we are presented". But what if this reality happens to be an illusion?
As the protagonist of One Hand Clapping discovers, nobody knows reality. When it comes to finding the meaning of life, everyone ultimately creates his or her own. Not all realities are created equal, however. Sometimes things go horribly wrong. But if we have the courage to examine the underlying assumptions of our belief system, then we have the power to change them, thereby changing the world.
An allegory framed as a memoir, One Hand Clapping is the tale of an escaped mental patient who fights for his sanity by exposing the madness he sees all around him. In this Zen-flavored parable about freeing our minds from the illusions that imprison us, sex serves as a metaphor for self-knowledge. Echoing the famous words of William Blake, protagonist Mauris Wangler persists in his folly, thereby becoming wise.