martedì 15 luglio 2014

l'ultima conferenza sul Tao

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

Noi non cesseremo l’esplorazione
E la fine di tutte le nostre ricerche
Sarà di giungere là dove siamo partiti,
E conoscere il luogo per la prima volta.

T.S. Eliot – Quattro quartetti

"... credo anche che forse la mostruosa patologia atomistica a livello individuale, a livello familiare, a livello nazionale e a livello internazionale - la patologia del pensiero sbagliato in cui tutti noi viviamo - possa alla fin fine essere corretta dalla grandiosa scoperta di quelle relazioni che sono contenute nella natura e che costituiscono la bellezza della natura."

“I recommend you take your hand home and take a look at it when you get there — very quietly, almost as part of meditation. And try to catch the difference between seeing it as a base for five parts and seeing it as constructed of a tangle of relationships. Not a tangle, a pattern of the interlocking of relationships that were determinants of its growth. And if you can really manage to see the hand in terms of the epistemology that I am offering you, I think you will find that your hand is much more recognizably beautiful as a product of relationships than as a composition of countable parts. In other words, I am suggesting to you, first, that language is very deceiving, and, second, that if you begin even without much knowledge to adventure into what it would be like to look at the world with a biological epistemology, you will come into contact with the concepts that the biologists don’t look at. You will meet with beauty and ugliness. These may be real components in the world that you as a living creature live in.

...Of course natural history can be taught as a dead subject.
I know that, but I believe also that perhaps the monstrous atomistic pathology at the individual level, the national level, and the international level — the pathology of wrong thinking in which we all live — can only in the end be corrected by an enormous discovery of those relations in nature that make up the beauty of nature.”
The last lecture, lecture delivered October 28, 1979, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.

René Magritte, Le passeggiate d'Euclide, 1955, olio su tela - Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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