Sunday, November 09, 2003

Breaking the spell 

I was intending at some point to blog about how patterns and experience filter perception, but this from whiskey river puts it so much more poetically than I could ever manage:

"We begin life with the world presenting itself to us as it is. Someone, our parents, teachers, analysts, hypnotizes us to see the world and construe it in the right way. These others label the world, attach names and give voices to the beings and events in it, so that thereafter, we cannot read the world in any other language or hear it saying other things to us. The task is to break the hypnotic spell, so that we become undeaf, unblind and multilingual, thereby letting the world speak to us in new voices and write all its possible meanings in the new book of our existence. Be careful in your choice of hypnotists." - Sidney Jourard

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