Huxley, Aldous - Misc. Quote - The complexity of character
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Since the mind/body is capable of an enormous variety of experiences and identification with many objects – gluttony, intemperance, sensuality, money, power, fame, goods and chattels, hobbies, collections, artistic talent, scientific talent, knowledge, profession, political parties, churches, pains, illnesses, memories of success or misfortune, hopes fears and schemes for the future - alone or simultaneously - astonishingly improbable traits make up a complete person.
Thus a man can be at once the craftiest of politicians and the dupe of his own verbage; can have a passion for brandy and money and an equal passion for the poetry of George Meredith and under age girls and his mother; for horse racing and detective stories and the good of his country – the whole accompanied by a sneaking fear of hellfire, a hatred of Spinoza and an unblemished record for Sunday church going.