The Crisis of Emergence

Jul. 9th, 2017 01:32 pm
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"...how often the early stages of change or cure may mimic a deterioration... the process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay."

We have not much language to appreciate this phase of decay, this withdrawal, this era of ending that must precede beginning. Nor of the violence of the metamorphosis, which is often spoken of as though it were as graceful as a flower blooming.
. . . .

The process of transformation consists mostly of decay and then of this crisis when emergence from what came before must be total and abrupt.


 


From A Field Guide To Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit, pp 81-82, comparing traumatic adaptation to the extremes of a butterfly's life cycle

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