24 February 2011

To be indirect or implicit

"Many things that are important to us simply cannot withstand being too closely attended to, since their nature is to be indirect or implicit. Forcing them into explicitness changes their nature completely, so that in such cases what we come to think we know 'certainly' is in fact not truly known at all. Too much self-awareness destroys not just spontaneity, but the quality that makes things live; the performance of music or dance, of courtship, love and sexual behavior, humour, artistic creation and religious devotion become mechanical, lifeless, and may grind to a halt if we are too self-aware" (The Master and His Emissary, Iain McGilchrist, 2009; page 180).

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