“The chief enem…

February 16, 2014

“The chief enemy of excellence in morality(and also in art) is personal fantasy: the tissue if self-aggrandizing and consoling wishes and dreams which prevents one from seeing what there is outside one. Rilke said of Cézanne that he did not paint ‘I like it’, he painted ‘There it is’…One might say here that art is an excellent analogy of morals, or indeed that it is in this respect a case of morals. We cease to be in order to attend to the existence of something else…We can see in mediocre art, where perhaps it is even more clearly seen than in mediocre conduct, the intrusion of fantasy, the assertion of self, the dimming of any reflection of the real world.”

–Iris Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good

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