Sharp Shadows

And so, in one form or another, the witch hunt goes. We hate people “because,” we say, they are dirty, stupid, perverted, immoral…. They might be exactly what we say they are. Or they might not. That is totally irrelevent, however, because we hate them only if we ourselves unknowingly possess the despised traits ascribed to them. We hate them because they are a constant reminder of aspects of ourselves that we are loathe to admit.
― Ken Wilber, No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth

"Sharp Shadows" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/1.8 at 1/1500 sec., 85 mm

“Sharp Shadows” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/1.8 at 1/1500 sec., 85 mm
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  1. Very abstract. My mind keeps trying to resolve the shapes into a story… but the best it can do is to imagine that a kitten is trying to peep from under the arch at center right. And speaking of trying to insert a story where none exists: Ken Wilber, of course, is talking about the defense mechanism of projection. If we find some quality or desire in ourselves so unacceptable that we can’t admit it to ourselves (whether it is actually reprehensible or not), we often strongly attribute it to others. The tragedy is that we can wrongly attribute negative traits to entire groups of people and be utterly convinced of the truth of our projection to a degree that no evidence could ever prove… or disprove.


    1. Yes, Carl. People fear what they don’t understand and quite often that which they don’t understand is themselves. As for the image, it is an abstract view of a tiny component of an abstract sculpture. Does a double-abstract equate to a non-abstract?


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