Musings on Human Orientations

Dr. John Lukacs

Dr. John Lukacs

“…Justice is not, as Ortega [y Gasset] put it, “an instinct but a specifically human creation ―like literature.  In both, the most important factor is imagination… “The sexual instinct…in man…is almost always found to be indissolubly united, at least, with fantasy.”  To this I [Lukacs] should add that sexual perversion may be often not the result of a hormonal or physical imbalance but of existential and historical conditions, involving a disease of imagination.”  ― Historical Consciousness, Copyright © 1968 by John Lukacs, Harper & Row, Publishers, Page 240.

Ortega y Gasset

Ortega y Gasset

“The notorious disproportion between the sexuality of man and woman,” Ortega wrote, “which makes the normally spontaneous woman so conservative in ‘love,’ probably coincides with the fact that the human female usually enjoys less imaginative power than the male”―which, let me [Lukacs] add, may explain why male homosexuality is almost everywhere more frequent than is Lesbianism, lust being a product of the imagination, and men being more imaginative than women.” ― Historical Consciousness, Copyright © 1968 by John Lukacs, Harper & Row, Publishers, Page 240.

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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