Thought, like memory, is, of course, necessary for daily living. It is the only instrument we have for communication, working at our jobs and so forth. Thought is the response to memory, memory which has been accumulated through experience, knowledge, tradition, time. And from this background of memory we react and this reaction is thinking. So thought is essential at certain levels but when thought projects itself psychologically as the future and the past, creating fear as well as pleasure, the mind is made dull and therefore inaction is inevitable.
So I ask myself, ‘Why, why, why, do I think about the future and the past in terms of pleasure and pain, knowing that such thought creates fear? Isn’t it possible for thought psychologically to stop, for otherwise fear will never end?
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.
This piece was conceived after watching a documentary featuring great white sharks scavenging a whale. I imagined the numerous large carnivores which would be attracted to the corpse of a large marine reptile.
- In the picture, the floating carcass is dominated by a Cretoxyrhina, and several smaller Squalicorax - crow sharks - and a Tylosaurus.
- The little fish are Enchodus, the sabre-toothed herring.
- The gull-like birds flying overhead are Icthyornis,
- and the bizarre pterosaur, Nyctosaurus, is gliding into view.