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    “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”

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    Books! I love books, I am all in favor of all the rhetoric that can be whispered about a high-quality book, a really mind-opening book, earth shattering, emotionally disturbing book such as George Bataille’s “story of the eye.”
    A book of such magnitude of “thoughtus interruptus” that I would deem it a necessary component of an educated human mind in its process of self-revelation. Batailles’s “story of the eye” brings to the fore the deepest challenge of the human sexual instinct in its accommodation of death and its complete miscomprehension.
    The book, besides being banned in certain places, has received, and in some circles still does, the derisive terms of designation and condemnation generally left for the worst in human thought, behavior, and production. Bataille, in my eyes a path finder, explores with utmost sincerity and integrity the psyche of a couple of young humans, admittedly disturbed, but utterly honest within their (extreme) desire for self exploration. It is the mental emotional honesty of Bataille’s sense thought which is so admirable, a trait so lacking in contemporary culture that for all practical purposes, “story of the eye” stands as a beacon of reason and enlightenment.

    “Naturally, Love's the most distant possibility.”

    George Bataille



    Story of the eye has been said to belong to the genre of pornography, a denomination that I find both funny and totally unwarranted (besides the fact that I deem the terminology pornography so obtuse and out of context in today’s world, that it is a symbol of nothing if not utter hypocrisy), for the simple reason that Bataille explores the mind using the context of sexuality and death, allowing for the human psyche a total explosion of sensory illumination.
    Bataille’s recount is not a celebration, as some would have it, of the darkest corners of the human instinctual sense thought, au contraire, “story of the eye” is a revealing torch, pointed at our ancestral, primeval even archaic drives. By intensifying the light and focusing the lens of our perception on our oldest inner disturbance as specie, Bataille rejuvenates our past into a self cognition of the present and propels us into a future of freedom of mind and liberation of the spirit. The concept which I see as predominant in his writings, is the capacity to overcome (instead of control) to enlighten (instead of suppressing), to actually mature into a human that has forsaken the bonds of inner taboos for the behavior of a higher mind that does not “do that”; not because he can’t, shan’t, or is afraid to confront, because of his fragility of mind, but because he or she has reached a higher state of beingness that does not need to combat the archaic drive for self (ego) preservation. Not needing to combat, reject, suppress, hold back, or restrain the mind in its self-exploration, we may finally rest assured that there are no monsters lurking in the deepest recesses of our minds and thus we do not need to “act upon” our primal instincts, for they have integrated into the wholeness of our being.
    By integrating the powers of old into the emotional abstraction of our self-modulation, we may finally evolve into a being for which the proverbial instinct does not represent ‘coercion into action’ but an observable datum of our self-make up.

    “Obscenity is our name for the uneasiness which upsets the physical state associated with self-possession, with the possession of a recognized and stable individuality.”

    George Bataille

    It is my view that there are along human history certain writings that propel the human collective mind in a different direction (ColleX) than the accepted norm or dogma both of their own times and further along the continuum of human experience. Such writings are extremely rare and as a rule do not appeal to the masses, au contraire, these are perceived as agents of disturbance to the common order, prevalent at the time. Aristotle’s Poetics was deemed such a book during the middle Ages and was banned by the church for this very same reason; it brought light to undesired human impulses, in this case, irony and disobedience. It may be said (though it may not be necessary to do so) that De Sade apparent celebrated depravities belong to the same category.



    What is fascinating here is the inkling that these writings invite the reader to explore, a survey of uncharted territories of mind that imply to the open mind that there may be other worlds, ‘out there’ beyond the confines of her own mind. It is my firm belief that Bataille’s “story of the eye” belongs to that very special category of literature that enhances the possible opening of doors of perception both of self and of society and civilization at large. A category of writings which rebels against the accepted convention and defies the rules of good literary conduct, these are utterly “not politically correct’ and have the tendency to both embarrass and anger (if not shame and enrage) the closed minds of the hypocritical control freaks (to which the order of the day is ‘everything should remain as stagnant as possible’).

    There is nothing more inhibiting to human mind evolution than the policy of containment and contextualization, a politics of the spirit that prohibits the freedom not of expression but of internal revolution.

    Read it, explore yourself, explore the mind, open new doors, give us hope…


    "Story of the eye" (electronic version) (zipped PDF, 108k)



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    Rourke     Thu, Mar 27, 2008  Permanent link
    Human life is exhausted from serving as the head of, or the reason for, the universe. To the extent that it becomes this head and this reason, to the extent that it becomes empty or neutral and, if it is free, it is in play.
    - Georges Bataille - The Sacred Conspiracy
     
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