I have personally never been one to wish that I lived in another world. I am very much of this world, and a student of it, and I find that it offers more than enough to occupy the mind. The habit of drifting from this world into "another" is, however, regarded by many as a mark of the creative mind.
Michel Foucault, "Docile Bodies"
in Practices and Knowledge
It seemed to him . . . however rounded and various his life might present
itself to him as being, that what had had quite a different and lasting
influence on him was something that had then seemed to be among all things
the most unreal: namely that romantically expectant state of mind which
had whispered to him that he should belong not only to the bright and bustling
world, but also to another world, one that hung suspended within it like
a holding of the breath.
It exists, my dream world, it must exist, since surely there must be
an original of the clumsy copy. Dreamy, round and blue, it turns slowly
toward me. It is as if you are lying supine, with eyes closed, on an overcast
day, and suddenly the gloom stirs under your eyelids, and slowly becomes
first a langorous smile, then a warm feeling of contentment, and you know
that the sun has come out from behind the clouds. With just such a feeling
my world begins: the misty air gradually clears, and it is suffused with
such radiant, tremulous kindness, and my soul expanses so freely in its
native realm -- . . . there time takes shape according to one's pleasure,
like a figured rug whose folds can be gathered in such a way that two designs
will meet-and the rug is once again smoothed out, and you live on, or else
superimpose the next image on the last, endlessly, endlessly, with the
leisurely concentration of a woman selecting a belt to go with her dress
-- now she glides in my direction, rhythmically butting the velvet with
her knees, comprehending everything and comprehensible to me . . .
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