“That it doesn’t strike us at all when we look around us, move about in space, feel our own bodies, shows how natural these things are to us. We do not notice that we see space perspectively or that our visual field is in some sense blurred towards the edges. It doesn’t strike us and never can strike us because it is the way we perceive. We never give it a thought and it’s impossible we should, since there is nothing that contrasts with the form of our world. What I wanted to say is it’s strange that those who ascribe reality only to things and not to our ideas move about so unquestioningly in the world as idea and never long to escape from it.”—Ludwig Wittgenstein
It’s not “technology” which makes us less human, de Grazia argued persuasively, but clock dependence.
And then continues:
By the 1910s in this country, the pre-eminent time-and-attendance office equipment company was the International Time Recording Company (later known as IBM), whose catalogues warned employers against “evanescence” — time’s fleetingness.
Essentially implying that our internal clock, the clock that is driven by desire or hunger, is the human clock. Thereby making the mechanical clock the artificial driver of productivity.
“Believe me, no need for remorse. Destroying is better than creating when we’re not creating those few, truly necessary things. But then is there anything so clear and right that it deserves to live in this world? In the end what we need is some hygiene, some cleanliness, disinfection. We’re smothered by images, words and sounds that have no right to exist, coming from, and bound for, nothingness. Of any artist truly worth the name we should ask nothing except this act of faith: to learn silence. Do you remember Mallarme’s homage to the white page? And Rimbaud… a poet, my friend, not a movie director. What was his finest poetry? His refusal to continue writing and his departure for Africa. If we can’t have everything, true perfection is nothingness. Forgive men for quoting all the time.”—Federico Fellini
“Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech, and learn the backward step that turns your light inward to illuminate your self. Body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will be manifest.”—Eihei Dōgen
“Part of growth is learning to create inner peace without being dependent upon things turning out a certain way or needing people to respond to you in a specific way. You want to create it as something you are and be able to give and share it with others. YOU become the center, radiating your soul’s light outward, rather than reacting, waiting for others or for situations and events in your life to be arranged in such a way that you have peace.”—Orin
Interesting friends enrich life. I seem to have a surplus of them. I love the multitude of answers I get for a banal question such as the one I asked the other day, what invisible presence has made your life better?
A sense of direction.
The wisdom of my father.
The all-knowing all-seeing all-powerful almighty God who is Love.
The last answer was given by an old friend of mine, Nick Bennett. He’s one of those intelligent people that seem to defy rudimentary evolutionary theory. That is, he doesn’t have interests that are going to yield higher hierarchical statuses or attract better mates - he has that distinct human thing that separates us: intellectual curiosity. Doing for the sake of doing.
His answer reminded me of a Mosche Feldenkrais quote. Here Feldenkrais talking about the body and it’s amazing ability to unconsciously stand erect:
The precarious mechanical equilibrium is made good by a complex play of muscles that keep our constantly shifting body vertical, and as far as awareness is concerned, practically free from gravitation.
Thus describes the most powerful invisible forces in existence - the forces we are not even aware of. These are the motivators that reveal themselves over time only after a committed pursuit by the intellectually and emotionally curious.