Sunday, February 12, 2017

But It's There

"The whole task [of poetry, the arts] is to reveal the inner world that does exist, that isn't acknowledged socially, or even acknowledged personally sometimes, because it is so buried, so latent--but it's there!"

Allen Ginsberg
collage by Jean/Hans Arp

Denying the inner world is tantamount to denying the individual.  And both are routinely denied in public affairs but also--paradoxically, as we used to say--by the reductionism of contemporary psychology, self-styled neuroscience popularizers and the big thinkers of the digital future, who see computers and social media as the slots that individual humans have to fit into.  The difference between now and say the 1950s or the Reagan 80s is that reductionist conformity just comes in more flavors.

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