From: Michael Staples <michael@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 17:32:33 -0700
Michael, thankyou for your reply.
How is it that you know that a complex is a distortion or covering over? Again, I look at
the chair and have an experience. The chair speaks to me of falling-off, and I am uneasy and
perhaps frightened. The chair speaks to me of sitting down, or not sitting down, but it
speaks to me of the shine of crhome, and the smoothness of black leather, and the
archetecture of the Bau Haus. The chair speaks to me of a corner of a house... my house. But
it is a house I have not yet purchased. The chair speaks to me from the past, and from the
present, and from the future. Is all of this a distortion of the chair's being? But the
chair has no being by itself. I am required. But I am this past and present and future.
When we ask what a complex is, we are not after a definition...right? We are asking into the
experience from which the definition came. The definition might suggest that a complex is a
distortion, but in opening to the complex, it is persmissible to think that this
pre-structured view of the primary experience may have been what was distorted, don't you
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