Michael Munas (michaelboy) wrote,
Michael Munas

Whereas justifiable acrimony becomes a plucked apple

Vitriolic anger seems to be one of the most effective elements in fostering interpersonal blindness. At least, it is one the most powerful deterrents to understanding, tolerance and forgiveness.

It seems wonderful because it allows you the properly calculable mentality to forever blame someone other than yourself and in a contagious way, it spreads and happily infects your whole life.

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`I wasn't talking about knowledge...I was talking about the mental life,' laughed Dukes. `Real knowledge comes out of the whole corpus of the consciousness; out of your belly and your penis as much as out of your brain and mind. The mind can only analyse and rationalize. Set the mind and the reason to cock it over the rest, and all they can do is to criticize, and make a deadness. I say all they can do. It is vastly important. My God, the world needs criticizing today...criticizing to death. Therefore let's live the mental life, and glory in our spite, and strip the rotten old show. But, mind you, it's like this: while you live your life, you are in some way an Organic whole with all life. But once you start the mental life you pluck the apple. You've severed the connexion between, the apple and the tree: the organic connexion. And if you've got nothing in your life but the mental life, then you yourself are a plucked apple...you've fallen off the tree. And then it is a logical necessity to be spiteful, just as it's a natural necessity for a plucked apple to go bad.'

~ From: Lady Chatterley's Lover, Chapter 4, D.H. Lawrence
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