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October 29th, 2019 · No Comments

“Once upon a time, a very long time ago, there were two brothers. One was big and strong and highly respected as a great warrior; the other was looked upon with scorn, for he was soft, gentle, and effeminately given to lying among the flowers to play his flute as he gazed into the sky. […]

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October 16th, 2019 · No Comments

“Truth is not a propositional statement; it is a performance.” – William Irwin Thompson, Darkness and Scattered Light Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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October 15th, 2019 · No Comments

“History, by definition, is a civilized, literate record of events; it is a conscious self-image of a society projected by an elite. In a sense, history is the self-image of a culture, the ego of a culture. History is controlled through education and tradition, and is monitored, if not manipulated, by elitist institutions, whether these […]

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October 12th, 2019 · No Comments

“Trees die, and from their wood human beings build homes and furniture, statues and Stradivariuses. If humans died in a healthy culture, they would not lock out the earth in metal coffins and carve their names on stone monuments, but would instead place the naked body in the earth and plant a tree above the […]

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October 8th, 2019 · No Comments

“The culture of fossil fuels literally feeds off the past, of the world of the dinosaurs, but the culture of solar energy feeds off light, and so the shift from the subterranean world of coal mine and oil well to the open horizons of wind and sun is really a shift in archetypes which will […]

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October 7th, 2019 · No Comments

“A deep and affirming consciousness of death indicates a deep and affirming consciousness of life. In the shift from community to consumption, we became what we owned, and so alone with all our purchases, we became frightened and death became a hysterical obsession. Disconnected from nature and the human community, the isolated ego became terrified […]

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September 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

“What the media have done is to create a new electronic peasantry. The experiment with democratization through mass education has failed, and the message of civilization, in achieving its widest audience, has moved toward entropy.” – William Irwin Thompson, Darkness and Scattered Light Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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September 19th, 2019 · No Comments

“There can be no love in one who does not love himself, and one can only love himself if he has the compassion that grows out of the terrifying confrontation with one’s own self. To look into one’s own shadow is to learn compassion for the shadow of others, and if one has no compassion […]

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September 18th, 2019 · No Comments

“We cannot legislate human nature and its attendant folly out of existence.” – William Irwin Thompson, Evil and World Order Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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September 15th, 2019 · No Comments

“Nature builds permeable membranes, but only man is vain enough to build a wall.” – William Irwin Thompson, Evil and World Order Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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September 13th, 2019 · No Comments

“We have been so turned around by our society that we no longer feel the stars turn. We have become so used to feeling religious only when we are uncomfortable and full of pride for having bothered to go to church at all that we no longer remember that religion was once a force that […]

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September 12th, 2019 · No Comments

“You can imagine that if our civilization were to be wiped out, no scholar a thousand years from now would be willing to accept the fact that pieces of things as different as Volkwagens, Cadillacs, and buses all represented, not isolated cultures, but parts of one industrial civilization that covered the face of the earth. […]

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September 11th, 2019 · No Comments

“Imagine a vehicle as large as a planet that began a voyage an aeon ago. After generations of voyaging, the mechanics lose all sense of who they are and where they are going. They begin to grow unhappy with their condition and say that the notion that they are on a journey in an enormous […]

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September 9th, 2019 · No Comments

“Imagine insects with a life span of two weeks, and then imagine further that they are trying to build up a science about the nature of time and history. Clearly, they cannot build a model on the basis of a few days in summer. So let us endow them with a language and a culture […]

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September 8th, 2019 · No Comments

“When we build a cyclotron to search for elementary particles, we do not observe elementary particles; we observe what happens when we try to search for elementary particles.” – William Irwin Thompson, Passages About Earth Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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September 7th, 2019 · No Comments

“Scientists now work as stonemasons did once on cathedrals. They put the stones next to one another with great attention to detail and the work of the fellow next to them, but they have no sense of the architectonics of the whole. And sometimes they do not even have a sense of the purpose of […]

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September 6th, 2019 · No Comments

“No political movement can save us from the human condition that values are achieved in conflict with their opposites.” – William Irwin Thompson, Passages About Earth Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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September 5th, 2019 · No Comments

“The separation of authority from power is not easily understood in terms of American culture. We based a whole revolution on rejecting European authority and power and lumped geniuses, lords, and cardinals all together into one untrustworthy group. It is, therefore, an historical irony that the country that rejected kings and crowns ended up by […]

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September 4th, 2019 · No Comments

“Old people are supremely the people of opinions, and it is not important whether the opinions are right or wrong, for they are old enough to know how complicated all that is; rather, it is important that opinions are held, for in holding on to them one holds on to life.” – William Irwin Thompson, […]

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September 3rd, 2019 · No Comments

“Adolescents need to grow through sexual discovery, emotional bonding, music, poetry, work, and dance: in short, through play in the truest cultural sense of the word.” – William Irwin Thompson, Passages About Earth Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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August 29th, 2019 · No Comments

“When the factories began to replace cottage industries, the parents became collectivized in the new institution, and so it was thought only natural that the children should be too. But the younger members of the human species did not take to industrialization so readily; the factory literally became a Procrustean bed, and as the children […]

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August 28th, 2019 · No Comments

“The role of an educational bureaucracy is to educate people to bureaucracy, and this can be done as well in a course in humanities as in one in business administration. If one controls the structure, one can afford to allow a liberal amount of play in the content.” – William Irwin Thompson, Passages About Earth […]

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August 25th, 2019 · No Comments

“Myth is not an early level of human development, but an imaginative description of reality in which the known is related to the unknown through a system of correspondences in which mind and matter, self, society, and cosmos are integrally expressed in an esoteric language of poetry and number which is itself a performance of […]

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August 24th, 2019 · No Comments

“All the computers in the world won’t help you if your unexamined and unconscious assumptions on the nature of reality are simply wrong in their basic conception.” – William Irwin Thompson, At the Edge of History Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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August 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

“The difficulty with the liberal imagination is that it is so owned by the myth of progress that it cannot think of the future in any other terms except more of the same.” – William Irwin Thompson, At the Edge of History Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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August 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

“By giving up the hope and the risk of achieving anything of true value, the bureaucrat protects himself and thus ensures his failure.” – William Irwin Thompson, At the Edge of History Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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August 21st, 2019 · No Comments

“Rationality was possible in Greek, Roman, and European civilizations because there were only a few hundred books one needed to know. We have now reached the point where even an academic who devotes his whole life to reading cannot possibly keep up, even with his own limited field.” – William Irwin Thompson, At the Edge […]

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August 20th, 2019 · No Comments

“The Great Goddess had several faces: she was huge and called us from her womb, she was beautiful and called us to her bed, and she was ugly and called us to death.” – William Irwin Thompson, At the Edge of History Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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August 19th, 2019 · No Comments

“At the moments when we are at a turning point, we are permitted to look out across all the curves of the road to see the end hanging down almost within our grasp; but when we come to the top of the first incline, we find that the road cuts back and we can only […]

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August 18th, 2019 · No Comments

“There are only two choices open to those who have discovered that society is a madhouse. In the tradition of Plato’s cave, they can withdraw and seek light elsewhere to discover the larger landscape in which the madhouse is located. Or, if that Platonic tradition of the Good seems merely an infantile fantasy, they can […]

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