512. Although back then I did not like abstract painting, and even now I think of it as self-indulgent childishness, still it seemed to be something more than just large doodles; to me it seemed that those paintings of Kline were more like large scribbles, rather than doodles.
513. And what is the difference between a doodle, and a scribble? You ask. A scribble can have emotion, a scribble can have energy, passion and unpredictability. But a doodle is just killing time with boring repetitive shapes. A doodle never has passion and commitment, but a scribble can rise to the heights of emotional intensity.
514. But then, on the other hand, something has to said in defence of the doodle. The doodle is a long series of simple shapes repeated over again with only slight variation, a variation that arises from the passage of time, and imperfections of the materials and the execution. And isn't that an accurate description of the cell structure of living things, plants and animals.
515. If you look at cells under a microscope, aren't we looking at tiny doodles, the doodles of nature killing time, as nature waits for all eternity for someone to answer the phone. And if you say that doodles have no purpose, no destination, can't you say the same of life itself, isn't life one long endless doodle, with an occasional scribble of passion, that promises meaning, but disappoints you in the end.