Let me go back to a creative writing seminar held on winter afternoons in the early 1950s...The teacher was Allen Tate...Our subject for many sessions was Henry James’s [spoiler alert] The Turn of the Screw, in which a governess tries to shield her two protégé from a ghostly presence but in the end fails, and they are killed. I was completely convinced that this was just a straightforward ghost story, but Tate said no, Henry James is up to more than that. The governess is not the heroine of this story. She is the villainess. It is not the ghost who kills the children but the governess’s hysterical belief that a ghost exists. I couldn’t believe this at first, but reread the story and saw that Tate was right. You can interpret it either way.
How could I have missed it?
Tate explained that James was able to achieve this magic through the use of the first-person narrator. Tate said that the first person is the most difficult form because the writer is locked inside the head of the narrator and can’t get out. He can’t say “meanwhile, back at the ranch” as a transition to another subject because he is imprisoned forever inside the narrator. But so is the reader! And that is the strength of the first- person narrative. The reader does not see that the governess is the villainess because what the governess sees is all the reader ever sees.
Meanwhile, back in present subjectivity, where our separate past-experiences and the integral interpretations of them, and out ability to overcome then through personal effort or friendly support determine chaotically the entire future of the planet, I write and so do.
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I think that’s why I allow for a modicum of “sinful” behaviour like cursing, dirty jokes, the occasional smoke...first because the weight of the world becomes lighter, and second because I’m not locked into the path to enlightenment, but rather the path to ultimate freedom and ultimate power, not for me but for all consciousness. By delaying my own gratification and allowing for the signs of non-attainment (not that I could do otherwise!) I hope to meet people at eye level, always ready for their perspective onto my I, and how they think it is either turning or accelerating the current direction of the xlock
Value Value is both the process, and the result. It is a sign of intelligent life, however its use varies widely between [human]cultures. The Uses and Phenomenal Experience of Value(s) Non-observable values are those phenomena that phenomenals must choose to report in order to give resonance to a [Linguistic-Electromagnetism|meta-semantic values network]. They are marked with *** *** Semantic Values are words, whose meaning is gained through evaluation over the contexts of the expressions (grammar, social, body language, tonality). *** *** Ethical Values are words, whose meaning has contextual behaviours associated with them, of which the ascription to others influences and encourages said behaviours. *** *** Emotional Values are non-observable, non-semantic phenomena. *** Numeric Value, where the value of objects is compared based on their relative numeric strength. Mediating Numeric Value, as medium for exchange, price-value encapsulates relative worth between traded commodities...diasp.org