Other ways of seeing

Night Gallery by Fred Holle

Reality to one may not be so to another, just as what is reality at one moment may not be accordingly at a different one. “Magic realism” of writers & artists expands our sense of reality. “To find probabilities out of real facts is the work of the journalist and the novelist” said Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And so he rendered reality by minutely describing unlikely events with his “unbridled imagination.” As did Chilean filmmaker, Alejandro Judorowski, in his recent, “The Dance of Reality.” While we tend to make distinctions between differing, & what often appears as opposing realities, we also attempt to make sense of them; to explain them away as if they were extraneous, disconnected psychic happenings. Yet to take a second look at our accounts is one of the errands of writers & artists. “There are channels of communication, ways of seeing, for which our very limited idea of reality has no vocabulary and there is nothing ‘supernatural’ about these channels; they are natural attributes of mind. . .” wrote Peter Mattheissen. And a reviewer in the NY Times concluded, “Two of the great pessimistic proclamations of 20th-century literature — Adorno’s ‘To write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric’ and Beckett’s ‘I can’t go on, I’ll go on’ — have at least one thing in common. They both address the inadequacy of language to articulate reality.”

Which led psychologist Rollo May to ask: “What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?”

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