photo by Larry Sultan
Idea means to see (Greek) or form (Latin).
To see what you think. Or better not?
“In my opinion, a mind is healthy when it can perform symbolic acts within mental frameworks which are not immediately obvious. A mind is diseased when it no longer comprehends this kind of linkage and refuses to acknowledge any basis for such symbolic thinking. The twentieth century specializes in producing diseased minds of the type I refer to – minds which uniquely combine ignorance with arrogance. The twentieth century’s hard core hyper rationalist would deride a theory of correspondences in daily life and ritual as ‘primitive superstition’. However, the rationalist’s comment is not one upon symbolic thinking but upon himself, acting as a label to define him as one of the walking dead.” – Robert Temple, The Sirius Mystery
And if the lights in the sky rise and set around us, isn’t it evident that we’re at the centre of the Universe? These celestial bodies clearly disclose that we are special. The Universe seems designed for human beings, yet it’s difficult to contemplate these circumstances without experiencing pride and intimidation at the same time. The entire Universe, made for us? We must be (in some way) important!
This satisfying demonstration of our significance is enhanced by daily observations of the heavens. It produced and embedded geocentrism as a transcultural truth—taught in schools, built into language and sacred scripture. Enemies of this vanity were discouraged, sometimes with torture and death.
Only one question remains: how far you need to be in order to see humans turning into dots?