quarta-feira, 8 de novembro de 2017

Tolkien: «Fall, Mortality, and the Machine»

Alan Lee, Luthien
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«Anyway all this stuff is mainly concerned with Fall, Mortality, and the Machine. With Fall inevitably, and that motive occurs in several modes. With Mortality, especially as it affects art and the creative (or as I should say, sub-creative) desire which seems to have no biological function, and to be apart from the satisfactions of plain ordinary biological life, with which, in our world, it is indeed usually at strife. This desire is at once wedded to a passionate love of the real primary world, and hence filled with the sense of mortality, and yet unsatisfied by it. It has various opportunities of 'Fall'. It may become possessive, clinging to the things made as 'its own', the sub-creator wishes to be the Lord and God of his private creation. He will rebel against the laws of the Creator – especially against mortality. Both of these (alone or together) will lead to the desire for Power, for making the will more quickly effective, – and so to the Machine (or Magic). By the last I intend all use of external plans or devices (apparatus) instead of development of the inherent inner powers or talents — or even the use of these talents with the corrupted motive of dominating: bulldozing the real world, or coercing other wills. The Machine is our more obvious modern form though more closely related to Magic than is usually recognised.»
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J. R. R. Tolkien, «Preface to The Silmarillion - A letter to Milton Waldman» - in Genius.com. Os "negritos" são meus.

5 comentários:

APS disse...

Interessante o final de citação que associa a Máquina à moderna forma de magia, o que não deixa de ser verdade, pelo menos, em relação aos pouco conhecedores das inovações tecnológicas.
Boa tarde!

Margarida Elias disse...

APS - Eu julgo que esta frase é verdadeira, sobretudo na medida em que a máquina, serve para aumentar as possibilidades do seu utilizador. Boa tarde!

Presépio no Canal disse...

Gostei muito da pintura.
Beijinho!

Presépio no Canal disse...

Gostei muito da pintura.
Beijinhos!

Margarida Elias disse...

Sandra - Gosto muito de Alan Lee. Beijinhos!