Quote of the day: IDEAS

April 28, 2014

IDEAS

For ideas to be born and stay alive through their precarious infancy they must be welcomed warmly so that their native power can come fully to mind. Skepticism and irony don’t belong at the start. At first, better the wacky and the weird than ideas whittled down to fit preconceived slots. Here we need courage to face their destructive force, for ideas also can lay waste cherished habits of mind. We now call this destruction of old ideas, politely, a “paradigm shift.” “Catastrophe theory” would be more appropriate. The vitality of a culture depends less on its hopes and its history than on its capacity to entertain willingly the divine and daimonic force of ideas.

— James Hillman, Kinds of Power

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