Shaken Out of The Ruts

Various things – carelessness, happiness and falling leaves among them – ensured that September wasn’t the busiest month at this blog. However, like an industrious dormouse storing up fat for the winter, I have been holding some words back in readiness for the cold months to come. Before I invite you all to share in this glorious feast of ideas (and feast it is) here are some words from Mr Aldous Huxley, a dead English writer:

To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and the inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large – this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual (Doors of Perception 1954)


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