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Saturday, October 9, 2010

A passage from The Earth Will Shake

One of the pleasures of reading Robert Anton Wilson is the way that quotable passages or aphorisms leap out at you as you are going through the text. Here is a passage I liked from The Earth Will Shake (page 33 of the original Tarcher hardcover):

Those who dig very deep, who almost touch the bottom of the psyche, are poets or creators in the general sense. They bring up new metaphors that are new ways of seeing ourselves or our world. When these visions are spread among a people, they become myths and then harden into laws. This is a process that is always continuing. New metaphors and myths are being found by creative people all the time. It can be most violent and explosive.