I can hold my own foot
"Going on being"
DW Winnicott's phrase is all verb, devoid of a subject. The phrase conveys the feeling of the movement of the experience of being alive at a time before the infant has become a subject. There is no such thing as a mother in this state. The mother 'feels herself into the infant's place' (Winnicott, 1956) A principle function of the mother's early psychological and physical holding includes her insulating the infant in her state of going on being from the relentless, unalterable otherness of time.
“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
"Anxiety may be compared with dizziness. He whose eye happens to look down the yawning abyss becomes dizzy. But what is the reason for this? It is just as much in his own eye as in the abyss, for suppose he had not looked down." - Kierkegaard from The Concept of Anxiety
"The mirror stage is a decisive moment. Not only does the self issue from it, but so does 'the body in bits and pieces.'" - Jane Gallop, in Reading Lacan
"Why be unhappy with this arrangement, since
Dreams prolong us as they are absorbed?
& Something like living occurs, a movement
Out of the dream into its codification."
- John Ashbery, from Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror
"The blue turned to purple; the white became livid as at the approach of a violent but windless storm. Pink faces went green, and it became colder than ever. This was the defeat of the sun." Virginia Woolf, from The Sun and The Fish (on total eclipse)
"The sun was going and the world was wrong. The grasses were wrong; they were platinum... This color has never been seen on earth...I was standing in it, by some mistake." Annie Dillard, from Teaching a Stone to Talk
Light, which is everywhere, surrounds us, robbing us of our privileged position, since we can have no unified grasp of it. It is a dazzle that we cannot locate, cannot fix. But it fixes us by casting us as a shadow. We are the obstacle that, blocking the light, produces the shadow.
"Oh I wish I was Yuri G. Its the things that she does to me" PJ Harvey
"A group of tourists spent hours Saturday night looking for a missing woman near Iceland's Eldgja canyon, only to find her among the search party.
The group was traveling through Iceland on a tour bus and stopped near the volcanic canyon in the southern highlands Saturday afternoon.
One of the women on the bus left to change her clothes and freshen up. When she came back, her busmates didn't recognize her. Soon, there was word of a missing passenger. The woman didn't recognize the description of herself, and joined in the search.
About 50 people searched the terrain by vehicles and on foot. The coast guard was even readying a helicopter to help. But the search was called off at about 3 a.m., when it became clear the missing woman was, in fact, accounted for and searching for herself."
-from The Toronto Sun, First posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 07:17 PM EDT