Negative Capability


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negative capability

I equate negative capability with a particular brand of religious Faith.....Having Faith is having an open mind. Having Faith is the ability to not look for Absolute Truths or
over riding principles. Having Faith means respecting the Mystery. Faith is in opposition to Belief. Belief nails one to the floor. A person is not likely to believe something that doesn't jibe with her preconceived notions, her prejudices. Belief is a prop for ones prejudices. Faith is an openness to the Universe. Faith is negative Capability.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/19/2018 - 20:21

Why can't I see what is in store for me. Why can't I see. There are many things I would like to know. But I trust you so.
A song.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/18/2016 - 21:06
am i right?

Negative capability is to negate your consciousness, and being capable to pkunge into the world of imagination and accept the uncertainities of that imaginative world by disallowing your subjective presence. Enjoy the world of imagination by ignoring your consciousness.
Heard melodies r sweet those unheard r sweeter....keats

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/24/2015 - 23:06

Could you say that marry shelly uses this in frankenstein? representing the the belief that exploring things such as creating life should be left uncertain and untouched?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:55
i think this device is really

i think this device is really more of the abstract idea that we dont answer all the questions the plot creates. it represents that everything is part of a bigger picture, and so even if we answer these questions, there are always more.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:24

I know this might sound rather foolish, but i am confused with negative capability. Does it mean that someone is capable of negative things such as murder. I don't understand the references to the Night Gale and i am really am just trying to find a simplified answer or example. I know i sound awfully dumb but i really need help on understanding this!

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/24/2014 - 20:34

Negative capability isn't the idea of being capable of negative things, but rather the concept which is - and i quote - "when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason". The reference to "Ode to a Nightingale" is that although the author hears the chirping of the Nightingale in England, it makes him reflect on hearing the Nightingale in different parts of Europe, allowing him to spiritually connect and be at these places simultaneously, to transcend reality.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/16/2014 - 15:57
The end of...

Exactly like the end of Inception, Lost and the original Total Recall. Open for imaginative interpretation. Very UNLIKE anything written by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village) where all the answers are clearly given.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 10:04

I would add, as example, that the Star Wars prequels suffer from not embracing negative capability by trying to remove the uncertainty around the mechanism of the force with midichlorians. A good story invites the consumer to fill in the missing pieces with one's imagination; thereby making a story complete only once it's consumed.

Thank you, PH

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 12/27/2015 - 17:35
An excellent case of this

An excellent case of this literary device happens in the Gospel of Luke. In 1:56 the author writes that "Mary remained with her (Elizabeth) for three months and returned to her home." Hey. Mary and Elizabeth had just finished having a one-of-a kind encounter filled with Holy Spirit and inspiration. Mary had just finished delivering a beautiful praise to God. And her cousin should be having her baby any time soon. Why does she leave at that moment? Traditionally interpreters looking at that verse from a doctrinal viewpoint even say that Mary left after her cousin's delivered her baby. They take for granted what should be normal. But the text says in the next verse that John the Baptist was born after Mary left. Should not that make people wonder if something happened in that house that the author thinks is better left unsaid?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 15:46

I'd never even thought of that.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:15

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