In the comparison of cultures, the Judaeo-Christian tradition has been, for lo these last several thousand years, the odd man out. Or so I am not the first to assert. Even, perhaps especially in the prophets of ancient Israel, the (non-violent) expression of contempt has been among our eccentricities. The admixture of humour may be more distinctly Hellenic, but is of great antiquity. We make fun of things because they are wrong, yet at the same time, we candidly admit their attraction. We use humour to flash moral insight, and to disarm. Where I saw this sort of thing in Asia, it was invariably among the Western-educated, and those at least unconsciously Christian. To others, it was incomprehensibly rude.
My dreams are not always so evanescent. For instance, in late 1975, while according to the newspapers Francisco Franco lay dying, I had a fascinating conversation with this authoritarian and monarchist hidalgo. It continued night after night. Our talk fades in memory today, but he was explaining the principles on which he had ruled, and I was struck by their plausibility. Had I only published these dream interviews, my liberal friends of the time might have understood Franco better, and been more inclined to tolerate his occasional excesses. Instead they shed no tear on his demise.
Although Conrad does not strictly address character growth in this manner, characters that do and do not undergo psychological growth are portrayed quite differently....
The heart is the door to the dreams and the heaven because during creation it was from the heart that the mind was separated and from the mind the moon (Ait.1.1.3). So also, during the formation of the body the moon entered the heart becoming the mind (Ait.1.2.4). Since the heart is the location of the Self, it is also the source of intelligence (Ait.3.3). "That which is the heart and the mind, That is consciousness, perception, discrimination, intelligence, mental brilliance..."
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I also appreciate the way that through just four stanzas, the poet covers a wide range of themes and topics: The majesty of the natural world, its primalness, the finality of death, the strong emotions of the heart, the power of love, the different wants of the heart and mind.
I really like the way poem elaborates the argument that the mind and the heart are very different.
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For example, a man or woman who consciously sets themselves the challenge to have sex with another person simply because they want to prove to themselves and other people that they can seduce them, is, in my mind, an explicit act of sexual expression. I see such an act as being of minimal individual worth. The act itself is supported by the essential nature of what we are, which is animalistic human beings, being unduly driven by the reptilian facet of our personalities with minimal limbic input (emotional feelings) in the process. In other words, the value of the sex act under discussion is purely a short-term egotistical thrill with little or no long-term worth. Conversely, implicit sex can be seen as being a natural progression into an act of sexual expression that is motivated by the desire to be physically and emotionally united with another person. It is also a desire to implicitly achieve a mutually pleasurable orgasmic experience.
[tags: Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad, psychology, ]
When I relate this story to my concept of our having two different types of consciousness, implicit and explicit, I am also suggesting that sexual expression falls into my concept of analogical bar codes as well. I see one’s mind as being the metaphorical concert master of such activities as it integrates and assimilates all information passing into it relating to the possibility that some sort of sexual expression between individuals seems imminent. I am suggesting that any act of sexual expression can also be likened to the bar code analogy.