The art of writing consists in putting two things together that are unlike and that belong together like a horse & cart

The art of writing consists in putting two things together that are unlike and that belong together like a horse & cart. Then have we somewhat far more goodly & efficient than either.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks 7:24

Posted in: Journals on October 12, 2012 | 1 Comment »
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  1. On October 12, 2012 at 11:23 am Jim Foster Said:

    Writing is a total invention of a new idea-nobody has ever seen the likes of. We are looking beyond the norms of every day life or mixing the norms with hyper reality to see stupidity or irrational logic.

    In today’s world we have no need of a horse or a cart in logical fashion. Today we create explosions or implosions-we have already passed even taking the time to hook up horse with cart-we have no time to think like that. Our television presence and digital age inventions make logic from the youngest to the oldest flit about with the ephemeral. In fact we may only have seconds to like or absorb a creative act or notion. We have new problems that may make us wish for the good ole horse and buggy days but that is like water already down stream. I doubt we have the concentration power to hold our minds to such prehistoric knowledge anymore. An ice cream lasts minutes and we are through with it and it is gone – forgotten as anything we needed-as we need something completely different next. Thus we have a mind that is constantly moving to a new target. We keep up with moving images as in movies and videos. We read a magazine by flipping the pages-we have little time to caress or fondle a thought on a page unless it deals with an emotional need. The object is looked at for seconds and becomes useless because we haven’t enough time to stay with static connections- until tomorrow when we might look at it for seconds the same way as in a previous day- as in a contract.

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