An Historical Observation

Dr. John Lukacs

Dr. John Lukacs

“A sense of proportion is a mark of human maturity: and the quality of maturity involves the deepening of the range of imagination.  Precisely this capacity is endangered by the now fashionable drug- and other sense-hallucinatory practices, reflecting as these do, tendencies toward barbarism and primitiveness.  In the first place hallucination is something entirely different from memory: it is oriented toward an illusory, incoherent and discontinuous future, away from the reality of a continuous, and continuing, past: it desires the blotting out of reality, unlike memory which is attracted by the deepening of it.  In the second place (in order, not in importance) hallucination, far from representing a deepening of consciousness itself, represents a return to a more primitive form thereof: dependent on external stimulants it moves, all of its psychological claims notwithstanding, in the very opposite direction from that of “internalization”: like “inspiration” it is fundamentally passive.  Imagination, on the other hand, is fundamentally active.”     ― Historical Consciousness, Copyright © 1968 by John Lukacs, Harper & Row, Publishers, Page 243.

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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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