Culture and the Individual - Aldous Huxley

About: culture and the individual

And "What a piece of work is a man!" says Hamlet:
"How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! ... in action how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a god!" But, alas, in the intervals of being noble, rational and potentially infinite,
man, proud man,
Dressed in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he is most assured,
His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As make the angels weep.
Genius and angry ape, player of fantastic tricks and godlike reasoner"in all these roles individuals are the products of a language and a culture.

See also Brave New World

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  1. culture
  2. item 18447
  3. semiosis

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" Some people never consciously discover their antipodes. Others make an occasional landing. Yet others (but they are few) find it easy to go and come as they please. For the naturalist of the mind, the collector of psychological specimens, the primary need is some safe, easy, and reliable method of transporting himself and others from the Old World to the New, from the continent of familiar cows and horses to the continent of the wallaby and the platypus.
Two such methods exist. Neither of them is perfect; but both are sufficiently reliable, sufficiently easy, and sufficiently safe to justify their employment by those who know what they are doing. In the first case the soul is transported to its far-off destination by the aid of a chemical - either mescalin or lysergic acid. In the second case, the vehicle is psychological in nature, and the passage to the mind's antipodes is accomplished by hypnosis "


Aldous Huxley

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thus it was at the beginning of the Acid age .. & the term wallaby was invented.

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& then came a revival of Zen & Contemplation.

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