Archives for October 2007

Love is “…an attitude, an orientation of character…”

Love is “…an attitude, an orientation of character which determines the relatedness of a person to the world as a whole…”

Erich Fromm – The Art of Loving

Infantile and Mature Love

“Infantile love follows the principle: ‘ I love because I am loved.’  Mature love follows the principle: ‘I am loved because I love.’  Immature love says, ‘I love you because I need you.’  Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’ “

Erich Fromm – The Art of Loving

“l’amour est l’enfant de la liberté.”

“l’amour est l’enfant de la liberté.”

Victor Hugo

Love is the active concern…

“Love is the active concern for the life and growth of that which we love…”
Erich Fromm – The Art of Loving

love is union under the condition of preserving one’s integrity

“…love is union under the condition of preserving one’s integrity, one’s individuality.”
Erich Fromm – The Art of Loving

Notes on a ‘Sensory Processing Disorder’ Assessment

Which of these ‘symptoms’ are actually quite healthy behaviours?
If these behaviours are understood to be symptomatic of a ‘disorder’, what is the ‘order’ from which they ‘err’.
Is that order simply the Public School system?
And given that this list of symptoms includes so many into which most active boys would fall, to what extent is this book prescribing that healthy active boys are ‘disordered’ and ‘deficient’?
Is this sexist?

Energy and imagination are generally considered an asset to any organisation, and dynamic organisations attract and respond to energetic and imaginative people. Static organisations, naturally conservative, resist high energy, deflect it away, isolate and alienate it, because it naturally threatens the ‘status quo’ of its conservative functioning.

On Regret

“My religion is to live – and die – without regret.”
Milarepa

There are things which I wish I’d done, and lots of others which I wish I hadn’t, but regret really arises not from the incidents themselves, but from not learning from them.
Everyone makes mistakes, even terrible ones that can’t be forgotten.
But if we squeeze every ounce of wisdom out of these experiences (and maybe it’s precisely these experiences that are particularily rich in wisdom) then we have no reason for regret because, in so doing, we turn them into a source of enrichment.

Music expresses that which cannot be said

“Music expresses that which cannot be said, and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
Victor Hugo

After silence… music

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
Aldous Huxley

without music

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
Friedrich Nietzsche