Perceptionalism Quotes

These are some quotes I’ve come across since I’ve started my philosophical voyage that reinforce some of the concepts of perceptionalism. (The emphasis in the quotes is mine).

This little book is a sequel to The Doors of Perception. For a person in whom ‘the candle of vision’ never burns spontaneously, the mescalin experience is doubly illuminating. It throws light on the hithero unknown regions of his own mind; and at the same time it throws light, indirectly, on other minds, more richly gifted in respect to vision than his own. Reflecting on his experience, he comes to a new and better understanding of the ways in which those other minds perceive and feel and think, of the cosmological notions which seem to them self-evident, and of the works of art through which they feel impelled to express themselves. In what follows I have tried to set down, more or less systematically, the results of this new understanding.

-Foreword to Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

Brothers, have no fear of men’s sin. Love a man even in his sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest Love on earth. Love all of God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery of things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.

-Feodor Dostoyevsky

… and we see, concretely illustrated, the impossible paradox and supreme truth – that perception is (or at least can be, ought to be) the same as Revelation, that Reality shines out of every appearance, that the One is totally, infinitely present in all particulars.

Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

7 thoughts on “Perceptionalism Quotes”

  1. ……does Feodor mean I have to love Bush & company? Or is love of the human being but hate/dislike THE MAN the human has become? All though, a world without HATE and nothing but LOVE, would that bring the demise of war?

  2. The demise of war will come about when all the soldiers realize that if everyone just drops their guns, then all we’re left with is a bunch of angry men laying orders to kill upon deaf ears.
    And yes, even bush and his evil kin deserve love. They probably need the most love of all, or why would they be so angry and bloodthirsty?

  3. In the short term: If you show a feral animal constant love (thru caring, etc.) you will eventually
    win the creature over, very short term evolution (back to that again)….but MAN has had
    1000’s of years ot so to get LOVE to evolve across the human board–really slow going here!
    Interesting point about Bush & company——if you don’t show that feral animal LOVE it will not give LOVE and will stay wild…………….damn, how do WE get that point across to Bush–maybe
    there is a LOVE gene?

  4. I have a question, were Republican Presidents in the white house ever time when the States went to war? I.E. WW1 WW2, the Korean War and the Vietnam War the Cuban missile crisis, shit like that. It would be interesting to see who was were.

  5. Anybody mind intervention from a mostly political blogger? Because it’s very interesting, actually. Woodrow Wilson: Democrat. Franklin Roosevelt: Democrat. Harry Truman: Democrat. Lyndon Johnson: Democrat. All of them. Kennedy was a Democrat, too, but in fairness Kennedy prevented a war by defusing the Cuban missile crisis non-violently.
    What does this mean? Well, I think it’s hard to argue from a partisan perspective against Democrats because they’re always leading us into wars. That would be ridiculous. First of all, go ahead and try to tell me World War II from an Allied perspective was wrong. Just try. It’s not easy to do. Then there’s also the fact that we never did have a direct conflict with the Soviet Union, largely due to President Kennedy’s adept diplomacy surrounding the Cuban missile crisis, which I would argue was the peak of Cold War tension. As far as the proxy wars, the Korean War had huge international support, whether it was right or not, and the Vietnam War was a giant fuck up and everybody knows it, and that was Johnson’s fault, admittedly, but Nixon’s years were the worst.
    At any rate, the fact that all our major wars before Desert Storm I (and one after) were waged by Democratic presidents is just interesting to observe.
    Meanwhile, I’m with Dostoevsky and Chef. That is a beautiful quote; I just wish it hadn’t been written from such a wildly theistic perspective.

  6. Yep, remember that God and Religion are fundamental to the thought processes of many philosophers, poets and scientists. Only this last century has the trend of atheism.

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