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Jeremy Irons, Author ~
I have found this idea, written by Arthur Koestler, enormously valuable. He believes that ordinary mortal life is played out in two stages, situated on two different levels. Let us call them the trivial plane and the tragic plane.
On some rare occasions, when confronted with death or engulfed in the oceanic feeling, we seem to fall through the stage trap and are transferred to the tragic or absolute plane.
Then all at once, the pursuits of our daily routine appear as shallow, trifling vanities. But once safely back on the trivial plane, we dismiss the experiences of the other as phantasms of overstrung nerves.
The highest form of human creativity is the endeavour to bridge the gap between the two planes.