Thu 27 Apr 2006
The chapter, A Miracle in Seven Days, Kesey was invited to the annual California Unitarian Church conference. The theme for the conference was, “Shaking the Foundations” (185). Kesey arrives in dramatic fashion on the bus accompanied with by the Pranksters who were dressed in costumes. Kesey managed managed to inject a feeling of uneasiness and annoyance on all the other Unitarians just by his initial appearance at the conference. The theme of the Conference was “Shake the Foundations,” and Kesey was wasting no time. According to Kesey a person cannot experience an emotion until he has experienced both sides of it; so thereafter he takes the flag and steps on it right in the middle of the stage. By this action he has infused a feeling into the crowd of people, making a point of first hand experience. What better way to arouse a feeling of dismay then to take a national symbol and desecrate it openly in public. On the other hand it is just a piece of cloth. Kesey said, “Sometimes we don’t even realize what we really care about, because we get so distracted by the symbols.” (187) People become emotionally attached to certain material possessions without having a genuine feeling towards them; they are at the mercy of different kinds of symbols and games society has created. This incident is an example of how power can disturb authority haphazardly. Kesey and the Pranksters can ultimately control society outside of their social spheres.