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“[…] it is dangerous to ignore the irrational. The more cultivated a person is, the more intelligent, the more repressed, then the more he needs some method of channeling the primitive impulses he’s worked so hard to subdue. Otherwise those powerful old forces will mass and strengthen until they are violent enough to break free, more violent for the delay, often strong enough to sweep away the will entirely.

“It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is Terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves?”

Julian Morrow