how poignant is this picture?
Soz in advance for whomever i offend saying this but i have always found bonsai sort of creepy and neurotic.
It seems like deliberate stunting of the tree or plant growth to force it to grow into some pre-determined pattern, not the organism’s natural state or intention at ALL.
In his brilliant book The Gods Of Change (about the transits of Pluto, Uranus and Neptune) Howard Sasportas talks about transits as helping you become more who you are meant to be. It’s a totally important concept. Aristotle conjectured it, i think.
He talks about entelechy, the dynamic purpose encoded in us all. There is another beautiful example of it here.
Definitely read it pre-New-Moon.
But really, if entelechy is like the magnificent oak tree being contained in the seed and all, what the hell is bonsai but deliberate tree torture?
Pertinent Question: Have you ever tried to Bonsai yourself?