the rigorous m

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gluck on the desire for knowledge

Posted by rigorousm on November 12, 2014

The association of truth with terror is not new. The story of Psyche and Eros tells us that the need to know is like a hunger: it destroys peace. Psyche broke Eros’s single commandment– that she not look at him– because the pressure to see was more powerful than either love or gratitude. And everything was sacrificed to it.

We have to remember that Psyche, the soul, was human. The legend’s resolution marries the soul to Eros, by which union it– the soul– is made immortal. But to be human is to be subject to the lure of the forbidden.

— Louise Gluck, “Against Sincerity,” Proofs & Theories, p 35.

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