BEAUTY is TRUTH's smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror." FIREFLIES
The common-sense view of the world that is apparent to us has its vital importance for ourselves. For all our practical purposes the earth IS flat, the sun DOES set behind the western horizon; and whatever may be the verdict of the great mathematician about the lack of consistency in time's dealings we should fully trust it in setting our watches right. In questions to relating the ARTS and our ordinary avocations we must treat material objects as they seem to be and not as they are in essence. But the revelations of SCIENCE, even when they go far beyond man's power of DIRECT PERCEPTION, give him the purest feeling of DISINTERESTED DELIGHT and a SUPERSENSUAL BACKGROUNS to his world. SCIENCE offers us the MYSTIC KNOWLEDGE of MATTER which very often passes the range of our IMAGINATION. We HUMBLY ACCEPT it, following those teachers who have trained their reason to free itself from the trammels of appearance or personal preferences. Their mind dwells in an IMPERSONAL INFINITY where there is no discussion between good and bad, high and low, ugly and beautiful, useful and useless, where all things have their own common right of recognition, that of their EXISTENCE.
The HUMAN INDIVIDUAL, the strange and significant product of EVOLUTION, must think of the HUMAN FAMILI as one. He must look upon his FELLOWMAN and COLLABORATOR in a common PURPOSE and not as a potential enemy to be FEARED, HATED and KILLED. He should not assume that he has eternal and ultimate WISDOM and the other ABSOLUTE FOLLY. No portion of mankind was as good as it thought itself or as bad as it was thought by its enemy. We must tread another road in dealing with human relationships.
Thanks to the TRANSPORT FACILITIES at our disposal, the world has become a close neighbourly community. The INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION had so complete an influence on economic relations that a world community and a world economy are coming about that call our for a world order. SCIENCE shows identical human elements as the foundation of HUMAN LIFE.
This incident suggests the possibility that in DREAMS we seek or find IMAGES which are the visual or plastic equivalent of our ABSTRACT THOUGHTS - at least, when such THOUGHTS take the form , as in this case, of a PARADOX. The PARADOX had, of course, STRUCK me: it may have seemed obviously true to me: nevertheless, it needed a certain amount of 'realization', which in the act of reading I had postponed. The THOUGHT had been 'registered' conceptually, but it had not been apprehended effectively. The mental tension thus created was released unconsciously in the form of a DREAM.
The RIDDLE, which plays such an important role in primitive cultures, is essentially the same process. A series of SYMBOLIC IMAGES is more or less consciously elaborated to take place of an ABSTRACTION. It may also be suggested that the fundamental part played by the DREAM in primitive cultures is in part due to the primitive man's inability to cope with ABSTRACTIONS. He depends on his DREAMS for an explanation of those natural phenomena and unusual events which his reason cannot explain.
This hypothesis does not necessarily conflict with the usually accepted theory of DREAM interpretation. The DREAM is still a wish-fulfillment: it is our conception of the 'wish' that needs revision.
No hill's too steep No mountain's too tall With hope and Faith You can CONQUER them all.
Big WHORLS have little WHOLRS Which feed on their velocity, And little WHORLS have lesser WHORLS And so on to VISCOSITY.
For me it is enough to say That something BEAUTIFUL passed my way.
Our horizons are in our own MINDS - The wider the mind, the wider the horizon.
Can we build that kind of family? Can we give the unconditional loyalty that has always held the family together a new sacramental object - the FREE PERSONALITY? Since time out of mind, the job of the family has been to socialize persons. Now let us use it to personalize society.
So I make this promise to you: I will impose no identities upon you, but will invite you to BECOME YOURSELF, WITHOUT SHAME or FEAR. I will hold open a space for you in the world and defend your right to fill it with an AUNTHENTIC VOCATION. For as long as your search takes, you have my loyalty.
No, here we find obscurantism! And a curious underestimate of what the mind can accomplish. The sensuous hues and dark tones have been produced by the genetic evolution of our nervous and sensory tissues; to treat them as other than objects of biological inquiry is simply to aim too low.
The world of reality has its limits; the world of IMAGINATION is boundless.
If I were to consider only force and effects of force, I should say: 'So long as people is constrained to obey, and obeys, it does well; but as soon as it can shake off the yoke, and shakes it off, it does better; for since it regains its freedom by the same right as that which removed it, a people is either justified in taking back its freedom, or there is no justifying those who took it away.' But the SOCIAL ORDER is a SACRED RIGHT which serves as a BASIS for all other RIGHTS. And as it is not a NATURAL RIGHT, it must be FOUNDED on COVENANTS. The problem is to determine what those covenants are. But before we pass on to that question, I must substantiate what I have so far said. Du contrat social, Book 1, Chapter 1