On Private Associations

At one point Knecht speaks about analogies and associations in the Glass Bead Game, and in regard to the latter distinguishes between “legitimate,” universally comprehensible associations and those that are “private” or subjective. He remarks: “To give you an example of private associations that do not forfeit their private value although they have no place in the Glass Bead Game, […]

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Purposeful Confusion

People accept a representation in which the elements of wish and fantasy are purposely included but which nevertheless proclaims to represent “the past” and to serve as a guide-rule for life, thereby hopelessly confusing the spheres of knowledge and will. – Johan Huizinga (1872–1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 11 (1936).

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Weakening of Judgement

Without claiming superiority of intellectual over visual understanding, one is nevertheless bound to admit that the cinema allows a number of æsthetic-intellectual means of perception to remain unexercised which cannot but lead to a weakening of judgment. – Johan Huizinga (1872–1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 7 (1936).

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The Movie

We have been summoned We have been called upon By the Movie gods To be the witnesses To be observers of A content that has been Specially,specifically, formed To follow a certain logic To bring us to a certain conclusion The thinking has all been done No need to question the outcome Or the reality […]

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It's Human

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn’t -it’s human. –  Desiderius Erasmus

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Science, Unguided

Science, unguided by a higher abstract principle, freely hands over its secrets to a vastly developed and commercially inspired technology, and the latter, even less restrained by a supreme culture saving principle, with the means of science creates all the instruments of power demanded from it by the organization of Might. – Johan Huizinga (1872–1945), Dutch […]

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Barbarisation may be defined as a cultural process whereby an attained condition of high value is gradually overrun and superseded by elements of lower quality.   – Johan Huizinga (1872–1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 1 (1936).

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