“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Reflections on Creativity in the Anthropocene (MP3)

Sussex University is incredible and Lewes is incredible and Nicholas Royle is incredible. And the Q&A was incredible!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I continue to find joy in the spontaneous Dzogchen theme manifestation in your books and talks.

Root text, when the background disappears there is no foreground, the aesthetic effort of erasing the primacy of the aesthetic dimension.

I thought of that D.H. Lawrence essay about Adolf the rabbit. When I was a kid I just liked the rabbit and felt joy for the fullness of its rehabilitation. Then in college I thought Adolf was an exemplar of Schopenhauer's equating physical form with shape of desire and an expression of Lawrence's aesthetic view of human creativity as the Schopenhauerian shape of human desire -- writer/observer/maker rather than athlete. Now I'm focusing on Adolf's rabbit-rabbit gap and nameless desire, and Lawrence's tragic need to decide where to permit Adolf to go in the peak of his desire-form -- Adolf runs into the forest, and the narrator's father tells stories about subsequently seeing Adolf running past the coal mine, apparently unable to disappear into nature out of appreciation for his part-human history.