Wednesday, 15 August 2007

The Doors Of

As Blake wrote:
"If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."
The corollary to this is:
"If the doors of perception were dulled everything would appear to man as it isn't, finite." And one could add "banal & mediocre." The amount of thought gone into trying to prove that life is exactly this banality; people clinging to mediocrity & unhappiness as if it were their greatest possession. Though I suppose to their experience it is their greatest & only possession; it is who they are & so their defence of their reality is natural. "Here I am. Pull up the drawbridge!" Their thought, naturally enough, mirroring their sense of themselves & their sense of themselves mirroring their thought. Which came first? One of the great insolubles.


trailbee said...

Or, which came first monkeys or typewriters?

Andrew said...

Another one of those great Reason defying mysteries.