Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Symbols

From a lecture by Alan Watts

"And this is the great problem of Western civilization, not only of Western civilization, but really all civilization, because what civilization is, is a very complex arrangement in which we have used symbols - that is to say words, numbers, figures, concepts to represent the real world of nature, like we use money to represent wealth, and like we measure energy with the clock. Or like we measure with yards or with inches. These are very useful measures. But you can always have too much of a good thing, and can so easily confuse the measure with what you are measuring; the money with the wealth; or even the menu with the dinner. And at a certain point, you can become so enchanted with the symbols that you entirely confuse them with the reality. And this is the disease from which almost all civilized people are suffering. We are therefore in the position of eating the menu instead of the dinner."

2 Comments:

Blogger banana said...

i'll have la free range ome-latte please

8:16 PM  
Blogger kingfelix said...

and you'll be eating that with a side order of spanky bum-bum on account of your meddling with the spirit of my blog

8:19 PM  

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