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“We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented, it’s as simple as that.”
The Truman Show
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Illustration by Urs Landis for French Vogue, 1970. Image scanned by Sweet Jane.
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~In the same way that the lovers emerge gradually from the beauty, which is evident in delicate forms, to the beauty that is divine, in the same way the priests, when they perceived that there was a specific correlation and togetherness between two natural phenomena , but also and between objects that expressed arcane powers and they discovered that in this manner everything is surviving inside everything, then they (the priests) fabricated a sacred science out of this mutual harmony and similarity.~
Proclus, the Neoplatonist philosopher (c. 410-485 AD), on the Doctrine of the Signatures, a hypothesis and theory declaring that certain appearances and similarities in natural things lead to further co-operations, treatments and unveiling of secrets beneficial for the growth of the human knowledge and healing, through this doctrine people intuitively learnt how to use the herbs so to treat certain diseases following the belief that the outer form of the herb indicated a similarity with its purpose in healing. The doctrine is also valid when someone wants to evaluate the character and inner qualities of a person by estimating how much his/her outer presence matches an inner reality and properties, the doctrine is put in practice once we’re mentioning natural states of being and only, that’s its limitation and somehow blessing.
The Bacchante by Jean-Leon Gerome, 1853.