Tilda Swinton in Purple Magazine shot by Johan Sandberg
"What we think of as our ego is defensive reaction, just as the symptoms of an illness-fever, swelling, sweating-are the body’s reaction to an invading organism. Our beloved ego, arising from the rotten weeds of lust and fear and anger, has no more continuity that a fever sweat. There is no ego; only a shifting process as unreal as the Cities of the Odor Eaters that dissolve in rain. A moment’s introspection demonstrates that we are not the same as we were a year ago or a week ago. “What ever possessed me to do that?”
A step toward rational immortality is to break down the concept of a separate personal, and therefore inexorably mortal, ego. This opens many doors. Your spirit could reside in a number of bodies, not as some hideous parasite draining the host, but as a helpful little visitor. “Roger the Lodger . . don’t take up much room . . show you a trick or two . . never overstay my welcome.” Take fifty photos of the same person over an hour. Some of them will look so unlike the subject as to be unrecognizable. And some of them will look like some other person. “Why, he looks just like Khrushchev with one gold tooth peeking out.” The illusion of a separate, inviolable identity limits your perceptions and confines you in time. You live in other people and other people live in you-“visiting,” we call it-and of course it’s ever so much easier with one’s Clonies. When I first heard about cloning I thought, what a fruitful concept: why, one could be in a hundred different places at once and experience everything the other clones did. I am amazed at the outcry against this good thing not only from men of the cloth but also from scientists, the very scientists whose patient research has brought cloning within our grasp. The very thought of a clone disturbs these gentlemen. Like cattle on the verge of stampede, they paw the ground apprehensively. “Selfness is an essential fact of life. The thought of human nonselfness is terrifying.”
Terrifying to whom? Speak for yourself, you timorous old beastie cowering in your eternal lavatory. Too many scientists seem to be ignorant of the most rudimentary spiritual concepts. They tend to be suspicious, bristly, paranoid-type people with huge egos they push around like some elephantiasis victim with his distended testicles in a wheelbarrow, terrified, no doubt, that some skulking ingrate-of-a-clone student will sneak into their very brains and steal their genius work. The unfairness of it brings tears to his eyes as he peers anxiously through his bifocals. Cloning isn’t ego gone berserk. On the contrary, cloning is the end of the ego. For the first time, the spirit of man will be able to separate itself from the human machine, to see it and use it as a machine. He is no longer identified with one special Me machine. The human organism has become an artifact he can use like a plane, a boat, or a space capsule."
"What then is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms — in short, a sum of human relations, which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical, and obligatory to a people: truths are illusions about which one has forgotten that is what they are; metaphors which are worn out and without sensuous power; coins which have lost their pictures and now matter only as metal, no longer as coins.
We still do not know where the urge for truth comes from; for as yet we have heard only of the obligation imposed by society that it should exist: to be truthful means using the customary metaphors - in moral terms, the obligation to lie according to fixed convention, to lie herd-like in a style obligatory for all"
— On truth and lie in an extra-moral sense, Friedrich Nietzsche (via man-of-prose
Sofia Coppola & Bill Murray on the set Lost in Translation
A girl kissing the posters of David Bowie in Madrid, 1987.
The beginning of the end of the end of the beginning has begun.
J. W. Anderson Spring 2015 by Lea Colombo
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor” - Thích Nhất Hạnh.
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