Chapter 1 Section 11 & 12

Submitted by Tom Last on Mon, 03/05/2007 - 9:00am.



1.11) PHENOMENALISM (Virgo) Pity enters my heart when the mental picture of a person who arouses pity appears in my consciousness. The way to the heart is through the head. Love is no exception. Whenever it is not merely the expression of bare sexual instinct, it depends on the mental picture we form of the loved one. And the more idealistic these mental pictures are, just so much the more blessed is our love. Here too, thought is the father of feeling.

Topic: Love Of Another
  • Compassion appears within my heart when a mental picture of a person who arouses compassion appears in my consciousness.
  • Love depends on the mental picture we make for ourselves of the loved one.
  • The more idealistic these mental pictures are, the more blessed is our love.
  • Thought is the father of feeling.
Question:

Match-up Quiz



1.12) SENSATIONALISM (Leo) It is said that love makes us blind to the failings of the loved one. But this can be expressed the other way round, namely, that it is just for the good qualities that love opens the eyes. Many pass by these good qualities without noticing them. One, however, perceives them, and just because he does, love awakens in his soul. What else has he done but made a mental picture of what hundreds have failed to see? Love is not theirs, because they lack the mental picture.

[19] However we approach the matter, it becomes more and more clear that the question of the nature of human action presupposes that of the origin of thinking. I shall, therefore, turn next to this question.

Topic: Perception Of Good Qualities
  • Love opens the eyes for the good qualities.
  • The perception of good qualities awakens love in the soul.
  • One has love while others do not because one made a mental picture of the good qualities. The others do not have love because they lack the mental picture.
Question:

Match-up Quiz

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