Sunday, July 30, 2006


"As the religious aspect of my existence was wiped out, life became much easier to live. Sartre has said how inhibited he used to be as an artist and author, how he suffered because what he was doing wasn't good enough. By a slow intellectual process he came to realize that his anxieties about not making anything of value were an atavistic relic from the religious notion that something exists which can be called the Supreme Good, or that anything is perfect. When he'd dug up this secret idea, this relic, had seen through it and amputated it, he lost his artistic inhibitions too. I've been through something very similar. When my top-heavy religious superstructure collapsed, I also lost my inhibitions as a writer. Above all, my fear of not keeping up with the times. In Winter Light I swept my house clean. Since then things have been quiet on that front."

— Ingmar Bergman, Bergman on Bergman (1968)


Blogger crappy said...

well, you know, just to keep the conversation going....Sartre and others explored the peripheries of their consciousness(es)in the knowledge that more lay beyond (further, beyond the reach of intuition). Sartre knew that his knowledge was only partial, and his unhappiness stems from his inability to express a more coherent whole. The idea that God exists at the perimeter fence, as it were, was easily given up.

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