Wilson, Maslow, and the fallacy of insignificance

colin-wilson-with-poster-1956Colin Wilson was an important thinker in my limited intellectual word.  He took the existentialist crisis head on & sought tools against it.  He understood Uncle Al’s declaration that “Know thee that existence is pure joy”, while embracing The Great Work as did Gurdjieff.  His works explored both mysticism & deviant criminology in an effort to understand the vast possibilities that is human existence.

I was never the reader of novels that Colin was, I have no desire to tackle Proust & my one foray through Joyce’s Ulysses was enough. It was more his interpretations of his beloved reads that I found inspiring.

One of the great Silver keys given to Wilson by Abraham Maslow, who shared with the Colin the work he had done on “peak experiences” .  Dr Maslow insisted that these “peaks” were spontaneous & beyond our control.  Wilson begged to differ & in his 1971 opus “The Occult” postulated ‘Faculty X’, a superior sort of intuition that could be part of mankind’s next development.

Let us keep in mind that Mr. Wilson was not a scientist but a literary critic and armchair philosopher.  Nevertheless I find his speculations absolutely fascinating.

ceyton

Student, consultant, husband, humbug.

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