Background Published in 1956. Title adopted from Blake’s book “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”. A philosophical essay based on a drug experiment on himself. Aldous Huxley detailing his experiences when taking mescaline. “The Doors of Perception” takes the form of Huxley’s recollection of a mescaline. A highly aphoristic work.
Maybe this world is another planets Hell. Ideas for Our Time (1979) p. 239To talk about religion except in terms of human psychology is an irrelevance. “One and Many,” p. 3
Aphorism Aphorism - a brief, pithy, usually concise statement or observation of a doctrine, principle, truth, or sentiment. Aphorisms are usually not anonymous. The word comes from the Greek aphorize in, which means “to mark off by boundaries” and was formed by combining apo, meaning “from,” and horos, meaning “a limit.” The term was first used by Hippocrates.
General Characteristics of Aphoristic Statement Aphorism indicates debate. It makes a profound statement. It is universally true. States a complex philosophical idea. Ease of recall increases impact.
W.H. Auden "The aphorist does not argue or explain, he asserts; and implicit in his assertion is a conviction that he is wiser or more intelligent than his readers." (W.H. Auden, quoted by Arthur Krystal in Except When I Write: Reflections of a Recovering Critic, Oxford Univ. Press, 2011)1. “Something analogous happens to the myopic artist and the happy lover.”2. “Bright pure colours are of the essence, not of beauty in general, but only of a special kind of beauty, visionary experience.”
Marie Freifrau An aphorism is the last link in a long chain of thought. Marie Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916), Austrian writer. Aphorisms (1890), p. 191. “Bright pure colours are characteristics of the Other World.”2. “Precious stones are precious because they bear a faint resemble to the glowing marvel seen with the inner eye of the visionary.”
W.H. Auden and Louis Kronenberger “it must be universally true.”1. “Familiarity breads indifference.”2. “There is heaven as well as hell”
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