EVOLVE

Eight Aphorisms

by Christopher Spranger

Why couldn’t Cordelia speak? Because the heart has no tongue. Inarticulate by nature, untransferable into language, genuine feelings resist being shrunken down into words. The only feelings we can express for sure, aside from false ones, are those we unknowingly falsify as a result of expressing them.

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The self is lucidity’s blind spot.

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From the point of view of Hope, every catastrophe is but the improbable prelude to an unforeseen miracle.

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Sole reliable sign of having attained oneness with nature: all of your electronic devices fail simultaneously.

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“There is a crack in everything God has made.” So Emerson observed back in the eighteen hundreds; now here we are, less than two centuries later, and it has grown to the size of a yawning chasm.

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Prudence dictates we suspect of charlatanism anyone who tries to convince us of the correctness of his opinion, unless of course he be wise—in which case we have no need of his opinion: his example will suffice.

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I have yet to figure out how anyone who lacks the good fortune to be continuously showered from above with an endless stream of unseeable light finds it possible to live.

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Unprotestingly, we yield to the power of the dreams and fantasies we ourselves have fabricated, and they are so convincing, so spellbinding, and proliferate and reproduce themselves so rapidly, that they leave everything located beyond the verge of our own brain irreversibly devalued.

 

Christopher Spranger is one of the most extraordinary writers we know. It’s always in honour to publish his work here at NHC.

 

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