March 2023 Looking in the Mirror

  1. Who is that in the mirror?
  2. What do I want to see?
  3. What do I really see?

Much Madness Is Divinest Sense

Narrated by Eugene Marckx

Much Madness is divinest Sense ―
To a discerning Eye ―
Much Sense ― the starkest Madness ―
‘Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail ―
Assent ― and you are sane ―
Demur ― you’re straightway dangerous ―
And handled with a Chain ―

Emily Dickinson

The Will to Believe
 on Extravagant Desires

Narrated by Eugene Marckx

Man’s chief difference from the brutes lies in the exuberant excess of his subjective propensities, ― his pre-eminence over them simply and solely in the number and the fantastic and unnecessary character of his wants, physical, moral, aesthetic, and intellectual. Had his whole life not been a quest for the superfluous, he would never have established himself as inexpugnably as he has done in the necessary. And from the consciousness of this he should draw the lesson that his wants are to be trusted; that even when their gratification seems farther off, the uneasiness they occasion is still the best guide of his life, and will lead him to issues entirely beyond his present powers of reckoning. Prune down his extravagance, sober him, and you undo him.

William James

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