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Marcel Proust
having / seeing with new eyes

Marcel Proust having / seeing with new eyes
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Some delightful and wise quotations are attributed to Marcel Proust including a particularly famous one about having / seeing with new eyes:-
"The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

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Also, less usually, quoted as:-
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes."

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The source of this citation is 'La Prisonnière', the fifth volume of 'Remembrance of Things Past' (also known as) 'In Search of Lost Time' - perhaps the most celebrated work by Marcel Proust.

To quote more fully from the original citation souce - La Prisonnière:-
A pair of wings, a different respiratory system, which enabled us to travel through space, would in no way help us, for if we visited Mars or Venus while keeping the same senses, they would clothe everything we could see in the same aspect as the things of the Earth. The only true voyage, the only bath in the Fountain of Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to see the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to see the hundred universes that each of them sees, that each of them is; and this we do, with great artists; with artists like these we do really fly from star to star.

Looking at Human Existence
with ~ philosophical ~ New Eyes

Human Physique comes as an inheritance - so what about Human Nature?


Does Darwinian Evolution offer much in terms of explaining Human Nature?

The answer to this question seems to raise deep, but interesting, issues associated with Human Existence and even with the Faith versus Reason Debate itself.

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It is widely known that Plato, pupil of and close friend to Socrates, accepted that Human Beings have a " Tripartite Soul " where the individual Human Psyche is noticeably composed of three aspects - Wisdom-Rationality, Spirited-Will and Appetite-Desire.

What is less widely appreciated is that such major World Faiths as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism see "Spirituality" as being relative to "Desire" and to "Wrath".

could such tendencies as these tend to be aspects of that 'knot of roots' which Emerson tells us man is


Could such Materialistic?, Spiritual? and Social-group? related tendencies as those "Tripartite" ones just mentioned all tend to be aspects of that 'Knot of Roots' which Emerson suggests that ~ "Man Is"

Explore Human Nature on our insightful
Human Nature - Tripartite Soul page

Human Societies often seem
to be rather "Tripartite"

Diagram suggesting that Human Societies often demonstrate capacities for Spiritual, Materialistic and Tribal / Ethnic 'Tripartism'


Human Beings are "Social Beings" and it seems actually possible that individual Human-innate
"bundles of relations and knots of roots"
tend give rise, in many cases, to the "World" of Human Societies!!!

"Doctrinaire" societies, such as Marxist-Leninist ones, being amongst the exceptions to this as they might be held to conform to an "Ideology" rather than to the influences of Human Nature.