At 10:35 PM 7/31/2007, Nancy Gish wrote:

>I am fascinated with studies of and ideas about consciousness, and I do
>not see any reason why a god who created it--presuming one--would do so
>only for it to be dissolved.

   This presents the interesting proposition that a god would meet your 
criteria. While I hope it is in some way true that so marvelous a thing as 
consciousness, or more exactly, individual consciousness, is not, like so 
much of 20th/21st cent Western culture, disposable, I don't find much value 
in creatures prescribing to their creator what his purpose must be.

>  It would make for a pretty dull eternity I
>should think.  Fortunately for Eliot, his poetry really is not grounded
>in it--he talks about it but does not claim to have it.

   I am trying to follow this and it seems to say Eliot does not have 
consciousness. Is that correct?

>  Even in "Ash
>Wednesday" the narrator (it has one) keeps talking about wanting to find
>peace and stillness and keeps looking back with desire and nostalgia.  I
>think it interesting that Eliot was never really happy until he married
>Valerie; it would seem that only sensual experience ever did provide his

   Leaving aside whether Eliot was never really happy, this assumes that 
marriage is first or primarily physical, or more simply, that another 
person's major impact is physical, but I see no reason that it should not 
be spiritual (of which I take the psychological to be a somewhat watered 
down subspecies). The sensual without the spiritual still seems to sum out 
to zero, or less than.

Ken A.