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The loss of enchantment

We perceive the world through a thicket of memory. I see a bird. I remember its genus, its coloration and perhaps one or two other distinguishments. What I cannot recall is how I felt when I first saw this tiny amazement fly into the embrace of a tree. Now I “see through a glass, darkly,” through the dimming filters of time and memory. In other words, I don’t see.       


We are in liminal space when we’re here and now, when we’re not where we were and not where we’re going to be. In a time-bound post-ritual age, liminality scares people, sending herds of the fearful running off to the gun store. But fear is irremediably false. “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists.”