Perception Happens

by Ken McLeod

No origin, nothing there: that’s just how it is.
Perception doesn’t arise or vanish.
When you make it more than that,
It’s like making form out of what is formless:
You lose touch with what is natural. How reactive you become!
—Verse 3.2

There is something wonderfully tenacious about the human proclivity to name
an experience and then make an object out of the name. An academic word
for this tendency is reification, but the proclivity has been known since ancient
times. The . . .


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