Comforting Thought: The appetites of the soul by Aldous Huxley

Comforting Thought: The appetites of the soul by Aldous Huxley neon sign

Two great appetites of the soul – the urge to independence and self-determination and the urge to self-transcendence – were fused with, and interpreted in the light of, a third – the urge to worship.
~ Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception and Heaven & Hell

We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone.

Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain.

By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude.

Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable.

We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves.

From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes.
~ Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception and Heaven & Hell

Entrance to the Night by Michiel Schrijver Michiel Schrijver
Entrance to the Night by Michiel Schrijver
Tracey Emin. About Neon Art and Loneliness http://wp.me/p41CQf-aU
Tracey Emin. About Neon Art and Loneliness http://wp.me/p41CQf-aU

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4 thoughts on “Comforting Thought: The appetites of the soul by Aldous Huxley

    1. Thank you for reading and your comment Kev 🙂 yeah it is so true this quote, I am so glad you liked these pics I selected. I have tried to capture the idea of both connection and solitude, isolation and togetherness in the pics, they are the two sides of the same coin I reckon. Take care xx

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