|Echo and Narcissus by John Waterhouse (Oil,1903)|
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool,UK
The following text is an extract from: A Psychological Perspective on Place by David Russell
Beauty and place
"Patricia Berry, in teasing apart and then braiding together a psychology of surroundings, has as her key mythological figure, Echo. Echo is a nymph and as such is associated with rivers, valleys, trees, rocks and mountains. Echo’s longing for fulfilment, for consummation, is never satisfied, at least not in the ordinary sense. But out of this failure to find sensual gratification comes fulfilment of a deeper sort, an identification and connection with the ‘soul in the world,’ that age-old experience of anima mundi. Echo’s beauty is contrasted to that of Hera’s (queen of heaven and partner of Zeus). Beauty in the realm of Hera is what is accepted as beautiful by the outside world, by the social order of how things should be and how they should be placed. Echo’s beauty is more insubstantial, subtle, not immediately apparent. The aesthetic of Echo is found in the holes, the hollows, and the spaces ‘in between,’ all of which are rich in echoing possibilities."
"This experience doesn’t come easily as “Echo’s beauty is equally a suffering and a certain passivity.”[i] Such was her suffering and her longing that she wasted away and all that was left was her voice, her bones having been turned to stone. No longer is the concrete physical her real presence, but now it is the air that is real, real with the power to echo. The beauty that falls from the air, that speaks from “the nooks and crannies of a cave, the undulations of a valley, the precise jagged points where rock emerges and recedes,”[ii] these now constitute the echoing possibilities. The air, the stone, the water, all have a psychological potency that is available to humanity … if they proceed through the gateway and if they respond to Echo’s invitation. “It’s like hearing the echo of soul embodied. It’s like hearing a voice in the nature of things - a knowledge in the stone of the bones.” [iii]
[i] Berry, Echo and Beauty, p.431. [ii] ibid., p.428. [iii] ibid., p.432.
And now for an image of how New Charter views itself, or at the very least, how it wants to be seen! It's not a pretty sight, because it's simply not true! They think they are sooooo so G.R.E.A.T. but nothing could be further from the truth!
Egalitarian is not part of their lexicon. It does not constitute part of the Company's awareness!
As Jim Collins says, "Greatness is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline." But is it really that simple! New Charter seem to think so! They already think they are Good, and that by simply deciding they're Great, they are Great or will become so! There's absolutely nothing wrong with positive thinking, but there's something to be said for realistic thinking too! To get to a destination it really is a good idea to know where one is in the first place! And this company has yet to become Good, let alone Great!
"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
T.S. Eliot - "Little Gidding" (the last of his Four Quartets)
"In the province of the mind what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true within one's mind, within limits to be determined experimentally and experientially. These limits are beliefs to be transcended." John C. Lilly - Centre of the Cyclone.
"In the province of the mind what one believes to be true, either is true or becomes true within certain limits. These limits are to be found experimentally and experientially. When so found these limits turn out to be further beliefs to be transcended. In the province of the mind there are no limits. However, in the province of the body there are definite limits not to be transcended." John C. Lilly interviewed by Jeffrey Mishlove.
Perhaps New Charter really need to read - How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In, also by Jim Collins, but this presumes they have already acheived such greatness from which they can fall!
It further assumes the Company have already acheived 'GOOD', never mind 'GREAT', status! Such are their pretentions to greatness! However, such pretentions are entirely illusory and naught but a figment of their own fevered imagination caught as they are in their very own narcissitic reflection!