only so late

Confucius, one of the great figures of religious philosophy, said of himself almost two thousand years ago: “At fifty I understood the law of heaven; at sixty nothing that I heard disturbed me; at seventy I could follow the desires of my heart without transgressing the right.” Only so late was this wise man near to obtaining “peace of mind,” at an almost-balance between the impulses and demands of the superego.

Reik, Theodor. Myth and Guilt: The Crime and Punishment of Mankind. New York: George Braziller Inc., 1957. 233. Print.


the child is the wisest of all

Another question which from the very beginning occupied Reich’s mind was how the general deconstruction of natural living functioning could be prevented.

In our civilization, as in most other civilizations, it is the adults (that is the more or less twisted characters) who set the goals for the education, (that is the formation) of children and adolescents, and in general it must be said that they set the goals so as to serve their own convenience and to perpetuate their own prejudices. Only some rather primitive peoples, such as the Eskimos, take quite a different view of education and of the upbringing of children.

According to the ancient religion of the Eskimos, an aspect which Christianity has only partly succeeded in destroying, the child is the wisest of all, and therefore the worst misdeed a man can do is to thwart a child. To the Eskimos, this is not just a theoretical or theological belief, but they act according to it, to the amazement of all ‘civilized’ observers.

Raknes, Ola. Wilhelm Reich and Orgonomy : the great psychologist and his controversial theory of life energy. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1970. 2425. Print.


Charlotte Rampling: The Look (2011)


“The big difference in my life at that time was the tragic event. I was 20 when it happened. All that happened afterwards was done with a very different kind of energy, and perspective. Everything changed.”

Macaulay, Sean. “Charlotte Rampling interview: ‘My life was dark'” The Telegraph. 3 May 2013.

. . .

“It’s not about knowing who the people are. It’s about just listening to what they’re saying.”

“Charlotte Rampling on The Look.” BFI Live. 21 May 2012.


whistling in the dark

The author is having lunch with C. V. Wedgwood, 52, at London’s Plato’s, a “quiet Greek restaurant whose glass front looks out on Wigmore Street.”

“Women are very sensitive and self-conscious about what is said about them,” she went on. “I think the mansion of history has enough rooms to accommodate all of us. I mean many sorts of history can be illuminating—and by ‘illuminating’ I mean you can show things by the way you relate them. When I was young, I was Left Wing and intolerant, prepared to damn many books and many ways of doing things. Now that I am a little older, I can tolerate many points of view and many types of books.”

Over her moussaka, Miss Wedgwood told me that she had lived in London ever since she came down from Oxford, and had made ends meet by writing successful history books, by reviewing, by “being on every prize committee,” and by doing a lot of work for the B.B.C.

I asked her if she had ever felt the lack of a university connection and a secure income.

“I haven’t, because I really can’t teach,” she said. “Once, I did teach for a bit, and found that most of the pupils I thought were brilliant failed their examinations.” She laughed.

The waiter brought her a cup of coffee, and also a Turkish delight, which she unwrapped slowly and carefully, as though she were peeling an orange. “By temperament, I am an optimist,” she said. “But I am very gloomy about the uses and lessons of history. The whole study at times seems to me useless and futile. I give lectures now and again about the uses of history, but I always come home with a sinking feeling of whistling in the dark.”

Mehta, Ved. Fly and the Fly-Bottle: Encounters with British Intellectuals. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1962. 200–201. Print.