Date: 2011-06-23 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lhexa
If I would warning against anything, it's wanting a world that is Other at all costs, that is Not This -- having your desire for this Other change from attraction to aversion. Or: for every virtue there are corresponding vices, a sense of wonder included.

The decision whether or not to abandon this world is an important one, even if the decision only takes place in one's fantasies. It is an arrogant person who offers advice on that decision, who claims to know the right choice.

But then I would say that the problem resides in that which constrains our perception or limits us so that those aspects seem hidden in the first place.

*nods* It is, I think, Thoreau's "quiet desperation". It is pervasive...

For my part: I'm in love with this world, and find that I am easily provoked by offhand condemnations of it. Even granting the value of some ways of turning away from the world, I think you will find me speaking of such turnings more often in criticism than in praise.
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