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first beginning, last end

January 2, 2009

The anonymity of the artist belongs to a type of culture dominated by the longing to be liberated from oneself. All the force of this philosophy is directed against the delusion “I am the doer.” “I” am not in fact the doer, but the instrument; human individuality is not an end but only a means. The supreme achievement of individual consciousness is to lose or find (both words mean the same) itself in what is both its first beginning and its last end: “Whoever would save his psyche, let him lose it.”

Ananda Coomaraswamy

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