An alternative opening to At Work in the Ruins
There will be no phone signal but there will be wifi. Not sure whether that's welcome news to you but it will be for your readers.
I recently purchased the book and I am avidly reading it with curiosity, hope, despair, and determination to do...something!! Also I am delighted you will be connecting with Ian McGilchrist. I am a long time fan, read The Master and his Emmissary, still wonder why it is not more widely read and considered. Thanks for all you do! Laurie
My copy came. I didn’t know what to expect but ended up reading it in two sittings back to back with just a good night’s sleep in between. Thank you. This book is a friend to my soul
Posted on Deep Transformation Network today:
"Sometimes, often, I have wondered, who are our Martin Luther King's, our Gandhis, our Muirs and our Henry David Thoreau's.... Who are our heroic, visionary voices of guidance for these strange times? Would we even recognize them if they showed up at our door steps? Would "the media" even mention them? Or would they be marginalized? Ignored?
Dougald Hine is no such hero. He would not like to play such a role. He'd not like to be nominated. He has said to me that he has feet of clay. But now I have an answer, which is no answer, to my inquiry. Nor am I such a hero. Nor is anyone able to stand in such winds -- without one another. But he reminds me. He offers guidance. He reveals a light born of burning, of decay and loss -- and of courage in the face of it all. He's here for those of us who are thoroughly lost. But he's not my hero. He would not like to be my hero. Nor would he wish anyone to be our hero. But watch and listen as he shines on like a crazy diamond!"
"The opening pages of a book are often the last to be written. You have to get to the end in order to recognise where you were starting from."
These words have the resonance and aura of those famous quotes found in books of famous quotes -- e.g., Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Or they shimmer like those epigraphs which begin books or book chapters. Perhaps the reason is that this profound truth has layers like an onion, some geological strata, or a palimpsest. The more subtle meanings require methods of detection of what is written a little lower down.
And there is here a practical concern which I'm facing as a beginner in making documentary films. One cannot quite write a documentary film, really. One can only throw oneself into the making of it and learn what they story will be as you go. And yet you must begin by writing the story in outline, then let the story re-shape itself however profoundly or subtly it will. So it is like taking a journey on a train.
The word aphorism came to mind.
Recently stopped working and cannot afford a subscription right now but would love to keep in touch. Looking forward to hearing / seeing you at Dartington. What a joy to have a conversation with Ian McGilchrist. Such an astonishing writer / thinker and more.
Would love to be able to read the tour diary but can't quite afford a paid subscription at the moment ❤️