Hedwig and the Angry inch is a metaphor for Eckhart Tolle’s Pain-body, a field of buried grievance that recreates itself is in life as drama. The Angry Inch is the space between the fissure in the mind that pits the mind against itself. This inch is the length of the thought I HURT…and _____ did it! We all have an Angry Inch if we have any unfazed grievance, a buried pain that we protect by blaming others, and in so doing fix our identity on the pain and ourselves as a victim. The Angry Inch is the length of our victimhood. As the victim we have two choices: blame the world or our selves. Either way the Angry Inch is the measure of our life. In our anger we feel a mile high.
Pain is in the saddle and rides the American mind, both collective and individual. Pain as blame, is what we are talking about. Pain caused by blaming someone, something, some situation…or oneself. Buddha said this was the cause of pain; this split in the mind, turning it against itself, against its own experience. Pain is experience. If I don’t accept it as myself, I don’t love myself. Love is unconditional acceptance of my own experience. But we are conditioned to split ourselves into the Experiencer and the Experience, and if the experience is not pleasant we reject it, avoid it, or try to kill it.