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I was watching a documentary on Philip Roth, and it gave a really good impression of his major works. It inspired me, causing various images to arise in my mind’s eye, and swept me away to the America of the previous century. It occurred to me that what we see in the mind’s eye is not always inspired by truth... Philip Roth is a novelist, and the illusions his voice creates are bright and colourful creations which invigorate and teach us to see the world anew.
So what we see in the mind’s eye is often illusion, whether driven by a novel or our own thoughts or dreams. Yet it can bring us a new way of looking at things, fresh insights that inspire, that sometimes reflect the truth. I find it interesting how illusion can bring forth new energy, realisations yet unlooked for.
My point is this: can you look for truth in what appears in the mind’s eye? Or should we be content that it’s one long series of beautiful illusions, created by a talented painter and architect? Or is there something more that we should look to do with the mind’s eye.