Mental Life

“Mental Life:  objects looming before us, without respite, taking over, obsessing us.  The gesture of grasping, of reaching out, like the monkey’s lean paw, this is the most precise image of mental life: restlessness, the pathetic tension of the monkey among the branches of a big tree.  He who reaches out to grasp is himself grasped, possessed by the mental object that looms up and imposes itself.  There is only one circumstance in which this doesn’t happen: if one is able to recognize a common trait in all those objects: emptiness.”

-Roberto Calasso from “Ka”

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~ by Scott Hamilton Peters on December 3, 2008.

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