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Your Idealism Versus My Sword

Sword Going Through a Body“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us… The things we see are the same things that are within us. There is no reality except the one contained within us.” — Hermann Hesse

“Ow.” — Me

Antimaterialism will only take you so far. Things that are not part of ourselves can disturb us mightily.

4 comments to Your Idealism Versus My Sword

  • Fair enough, but materialism only goes so far. There is a realm of ideas that have the ability to inflict feelings of pain that are not themselves material. Our minds represent material immaterially and immaterial materially.

    The first sword was only an idea.

  • Ralph

    Sounds to me like Hesse is taking the Jungian idea of projection as the ONLY reality. Even if you believe everything Jung said, projection isn’t the only psychological process, let alone the only reality. This is exactly the kind of absurdity the word “psychobabble” was coined to refer to.

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