"Aldous Huxley compared the brain to a 'reducing valve'. In ordinary perception, the senses send an overwhelming flood of information to the brain, which the brain then filters down to a trickle it can manage for the purpose of survival in a highly competitive world. Man has become so rational, so utilitarian, that the trickle becomes most pale and thin. It is efficient, for mere survival, but it screens out the most wondrous part of man's potential experience without his even knowing it. We're shut off from our own world."
Being rational and utilitarian is a great trait, it means we don’t leave the gas on the stove after dinner and all four of the wheels on our car are filled with you know, air. It can also be a totalistic downer on creativity when you’re trying to finish a drawing and find yourself collating utility bills. Spare us all. This quote is straight from Tom Wolfe’s “The Electric Kool-Aid Test” in which I am pretty sure he’s referring to taking hallucinogenic drugs (something I don’t advocate), but either way these thoughts on keeping your mind open works for your creative work (something I do advocate) are interesting, wise words.