Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Don's Blog On a Phenomenon related to Experience and Human Relations 1-6

"He reflected that the progressive extension of the field of individual development and experience was regressively
accompanied by a restriction of the converse domain of interindividual relations."
Stephen Dedalus in Night Town
James Joyce, Ulysses

I have been mulling over this quote since 1958 when I wrote a thesis on "The Problem of the Artist in the Works of James Joyce and Thomas Mann". My thesis used the books to show that the more creative that the artists in these works became the harder it was for them to live in the everyday world. This subject is not new and was treated in ancient times in the Icarus Myth. Dedaelus and his son Icarus were imprisoned in the labyrinth by King Minos of crete. Dedaelus created wings for his son so that Icarus could escape. The wings were made of wax and when Icarus flew to close to the sun they melted and he fell fatally into the sea. It is thought  that the labyrinth represents life and escaping it can be fatal but not hopeless as the sea has always represented an accepting mother image.Joyce giving Stephen Dedalus that last name is not accidental. 
Hemingway treats the same theme in The Old Man and the Sea. There are consequences for the old man "going out too far".
Personally I noticed that it was not easy to maintain much of an everyday life during my training when I was working 15+ hour six day weeks (even though I was ecstatic about what I was doing).

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