The Art of Tetman Callis

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Entries from August 2017

Lie, cheat, steal, etc.

August 31st, 2017 · No Comments

“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls.” – Carl Gustav Jung, “Dream Symbolism in Relation to Alchemy” (trans. R.F.C. Hull)

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Tags: Carl Gustav Jung · Lit & Crit

Ride that pony

August 30th, 2017 · No Comments

“By acknowledging the reality of the psyche and making it a co-determining ethical factor in our lives, we offend against the spirit of convention which for centuries has regulated psychic life from outside by means of institutions as well as by reason. Not that unreasoning instinct rebels of itself against firmly established order; by the […]

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Could be

August 29th, 2017 · No Comments

“If a work of art is explained in the same way as a neurosis, then either the work of art is a neurosis or a neurosis is a work of art.” – Carl Gustav Jung, “Relation of Analytical Psychology to Poetry” (trans. R.F.C. Hull)

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Shine a light

August 28th, 2017 · No Comments

“It transcends our powers of imagination to form a clear picture of what we are as a self, for in this operation the part would have to comprehend the whole. There is little hope of our ever being able to reach even approximate consciousness of the self, since however much we may make conscious there […]

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Tags: Carl Gustav Jung · Lit & Crit

Yer left, yer left, yer left-right-left

August 27th, 2017 · No Comments

“Society, by automatically stressing all the collective qualities in its individual representatives, puts a premium on mediocrity, on everything that settles down to vegetate in an easy, irresponsible way. Individuality will inevitably be driven to the wall. This process begins in school, continues at the university, and rules all departments in which the State has […]

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Tags: Carl Gustav Jung · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

What do you look like when you’re not looking?

August 26th, 2017 · No Comments

“Anyone who has ever been compelled to think about it—anyone, for example, who has ever been in love—knows that the one face that one can never see is one’s own face. One’s lover—or one’s brother, or one’s enemy—sees the face you wear, and this face can elicit the most extraordinary reactions. We do the things […]

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Tags: James Baldwin · Lit & Crit

The flock is a-twitter

August 25th, 2017 · No Comments

“The building up of prestige is always a product of collective compromise: not only must there be one who wants prestige, there must also be a public seeking somebody on whom to confer prestige.” – Carl Gustav Jung, “Relations Between the Ego and the Unconscious” (trans. R.F.C. Hull)

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How late it is, how late

August 24th, 2017 · No Comments

“Thoroughly unprepared we take the step into the afternoon of life; worse still, we take this step with the false assumption that our truths and ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life’s morning; for what was great in the morning will be […]

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Tags: Carl Gustav Jung · Lit & Crit

Now you see it

August 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

“If the vacuum around the nucleus can be considered more of a ‘natural’ vacuum as opposed to an immutable ground state with absolutely no spatial variation, and if there are ephemeral fermion/antifermion pairs dominated by electron-positron pairs that create and annihilate with a density that increases significantly as one moves closer to the nucleus, what […]

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How you can spot ’em

August 19th, 2017 · No Comments

“Bad stories often are raw biography. Literary art consists in transforming one kind of reality, that of physical experience, into another kind of reality, that of literary experience. Imagining, the process of transforming, is illuminated dimly, if at all, only by the magic of criticism. Writers are often complex people and fascinating subjects for psychological […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit

Nailing jelly to the wall

August 18th, 2017 · No Comments

“The trick never ages; the illusion never wears off. Vote to stop abortion; receive a rollback in capital gains taxes. Vote to make our country strong again; receive deindustrialization. Vote to screw those politically correct college professors; receive electricity deregulation. Vote to get government off our backs; receive conglomeration and monopoly everywhere from media to […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

But we never listen

August 17th, 2017 · No Comments

“The history of thought should warn us against concluding that because the scientific theory of the world is the best that has yet been formulated, it is necessarily complete and final. We must remember that at bottom the generalisations of science or, in common parlance, the laws of nature are merely hypotheses devised to explain […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Sir James George Frazer

Dust in the wind

August 16th, 2017 · No Comments

“For ages the army of spirits, once so near, has been receding farther and farther from us, banished by the magic wand of science from hearth and home, from ruined cell and ivied tower, from haunted glade and lonely mere, from the riven murky cloud that belches forth the lightning, and from those fairer clouds […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Sir James George Frazer

Turn and face the strange

August 15th, 2017 · No Comments

“Myth changes while custom remains constant; men continue to do what their fathers did before them, though the reasons on which their fathers acted have been long forgotten. The history of religion is a long attempt to reconcile old custom with new reason, to find a sound theory for an absurd practice.” – Sir James […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Sir James George Frazer

MILF

August 14th, 2017 · No Comments

“If we survey the whole of the evidence on this subject, we may conclude that a great Mother Goddess, the personification of all the reproductive energies of nature, was worshipped under different names but with a substantial similarity of myth and ritual by many peoples of Western Asia; that associated with her was a lover, […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Sir James George Frazer

Ignorant ingrates we may often be

August 13th, 2017 · No Comments

“We stand upon the foundations reared by the generations that have gone before, and we can but dimly realise the painful and prolonged efforts which it has cost humanity to struggle up to the point, no very exalted one after all, which we have reached. Our gratitude is due to the nameless and forgotten toilers, […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Sir James George Frazer

Let’s talk about it

August 12th, 2017 · No Comments

“People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race.’ This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back.” – Toni Morrison

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Tags: Politics & Law · Toni Morrison

The sources of power

August 11th, 2017 · No Comments

“The ancient Germans believed that there was something holy in women, and accordingly consulted them as oracles. Their sacred women, we are told, looked on the eddying rivers and listened to the murmur or the roar of the water, and from the sight and sound foretold what would come to pass. But often the veneration […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Sir James George Frazer

If

August 10th, 2017 · No Comments

“If the deity is one who delights in charity and mercy and purity more than in oblations of blood, the chanting of hymns, and the fumes of incense, his worshippers will best please him, not by prostrating themselves before him, by intoning his praises, and by filling his temples with costly gifts, but by being […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Sir James George Frazer · Verandah

Pay to play

August 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“Intellectual progress, which reveals itself in the growth of art and science and the spread of more liberal views, cannot be dissociated from industrial or economic progress, and that in its turn receives an immense impulse from conquest and empire. It is no mere accident that the most vehement outbursts of activity of the human […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Sir James George Frazer

Cropping the tall poppies

August 8th, 2017 · No Comments

“No human being is so hidebound by custom and tradition as your democratic savage; in no state of society consequently is progress so slow and difficult. The old notion that the savage is the freest of mankind is the reverse of the truth. He is a slave, not indeed to a visible master, but to […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Sir James George Frazer

Our gang

August 7th, 2017 · No Comments

“More mischief has probably been wrought in the world by honest fools in high places than by intelligent rascals.” – Sir James George Frazer, The Golden Bough

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Sir James George Frazer

Babies for the state

August 6th, 2017 · No Comments

“The socialization of reproduction completed the process begun by the socialization of production itself—that is, by industrialization. Having expropriated the worker’s tools and concentrated production in the factory, industrialists in the opening decades of the twentieth century proceeded to expropriate the worker’s technical knowledge as well. By means of ‘scientific management,’ they broke down production […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Keeping an even keel

August 5th, 2017 · No Comments

“A man with taste, particularly literary taste, is less susceptible to the refrains and the rhythmical incantations peculiar to any version of political demagogy. The point is not so much that virtue does not constitute a guarantee for producing a masterpiece, as that evil, especially political evil, is always a bad stylist. The more substantial […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Efficiency and productivity

August 4th, 2017 · No Comments

“I started out my working life as a waiter. There is a saying in the restaurant business: ‘Full hands in and full hands out.’ It means that you never enter the kitchen without bringing an empty plate or glass with you, and you never leave the kitchen without grabbing a plate that needs to be […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Good luck with all that

August 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

“Our culture’s trek to the present has been a Long March through one province after another of philosophical folly: Plato’s Ideas, Aristotle’s essences, Descartes’ mind-body distinction, Kant’s Ding-an-sich, Husserl’s phenomenological method, the logical positivists’ scientific method—all in quest of absolute, suprahistorical Certainty. At last we have learned from the great antiphilosophers—James and Dewey, Nietzsche and […]

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Tags: George Scialabba · Lit & Crit

Thor of the boardroom

August 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

“Modern culture has produced a distinctive character-type, our equivalent of the Homeric warrior-hero, the Athenian gentleman-citizen, the Christian saint, the 18th-century honnete homme. The defining activity of this character-type is manipulation; its most common embodiments are the aesthete, the therapist and, above all, the manager. All three express their culture’s understanding of social relations as […]

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Tags: Economics · George Scialabba · Politics & Law

Let’s make one, then

August 1st, 2017 · No Comments

“The absence of God spells the ruin of man in the sense that it demolishes or robs of meaning everything we think of as the essence of being human: the quest for truth, the distinction of good and evil, the claim to dignity, the claim to creating something that withstands the indifferent destructiveness of time.” […]

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Tags: Verandah