Saturday, April 27, 2013

What is a terrorist?

Composite Cape Code images: Spring 2013
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The interesting thing about the following quote by James Hillman is that it was published in 1989 in a book, bringing together a collection of his earlier writings. So the quote comes from much earlier, perhaps the 1960s or 1970s,  Back then, a terrorist was a word little used, appreciated, or understood by Americans; nevertheless, Mr. Hillman was already on the case. Here's the quote:

"A terrorist is the product of our education that says that fantasy is not real, that says aesthetics is just for artists, that says soul is only for priests, imagination is trivial or dangerous and for crazies, and that reality, what we must adapt to, is the external world, a world that is dead. A terrorist is a result of this whole long process of wiping out the psyche."*

*James Hillman, Blue Fire (1989), page 187
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