The following quotes are simply a reflection of my intuition--occluded as it may well be.
"It's not meant to be a strife
It's not meant to be a struggle uphill"
-from "Undo" by Bjork from the album Vespertine
"The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living."
-General Omar Bradley (1893-1981)
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Suppose reality is a mirror and consciousness is vision.
What consciousness sees in the mirror is nothing other than its own image. It is not satisfied, however, with what it sees. It does not realize that what it is seeing is itself. It takes the mirror to be itself and undertakes to change the mirror. Consciousness stains itself with the blood and sweat of its efforts.
Yet there is no improvement. Its image remains quite the same.
Consciousness redoubles its efforts and continues to try to "fix" the mirror. Its vision becomes one-pointed and the reflection of itself becomes like an apparition, an illusion. Its work is the only thing that is real, the only thing that it can see. Yet the awareness of its reflection is a persistent, troubling memory and from time to time consciousness sees itself in the mirror.
Despite all of its best intentions and efforts the image remains hauntingly, lovingly, laughingly...