The agreeable eye

an eudæmonistarchives

May 2021

Citation (67)

11 May 2021, around 9.39.

What is not seen is the growing and accompanying tension of consciousness in time. Not only, by its memory of former experience, does this consciousness retain the past better and better, so as to organize it with the present in a newer and richer decision; but, living an intenser life, contracting, by its memory of the immediate experience, a growing number of external moments in its present duration, it becomes more capable of creating acts of which the inner indeterminations, spread over as large a multiplicity of the moments of matter as you please, will pass the more easily through the meshes of necessity.

—Henri Bergson (Matter and Memory, trans. Paul & Palmer, pp. 248f.)

the misanthrope

31 May 2021, around 23.53.

Woman, to save herself from boredom, is obliged to enliven the scene with a few gratuitous falsetto turns, which he interprets as co-operation. Even at this boldest man cannot get beyond a conventional anarchism. He cannot see that he is on a stage and therefore he cannot see that it is possible to get off; so that his performance is continuous. And he will perhaps never learn that anarchism is not enough. His fine phallus-proud works-of-art, his pretty masterpieces of literature, painting, sculpture and music, bear down upon woman’s maternal indulgence; she is full of admiration, kind but weary. When, she sighs, will man grow up, when will he become woman, when will she have companions instead of children?

—Laura (Riding) Jackson (‘The Damned Thing’, Anarchism Is Not Enough, p. 208)

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