David Kidd's Dream
The following quotation is from an interview with David Kidd in the 1980's. It captures something of the feeling that inspired the Omoto School and now the Origins Program.
I am in a burning house. It is the inner mansion of some Chinese palace. It seems to be a library or a study, a repository of some sort. Towering shelves bearing countless ancient scrolls line the walls. The furniture in the room, made from the wood of an extinct kind of tree, is actually perspiring. The roar of the flames is growing. At the end of the room are a pair of elaborate decorative shelves. They are of exquisite lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay. On each of the shelves is a carved shape of white jade, unrecognizable figures of unspeakable refinement.
Then some gusty voice calls out, "Take all you can carry!" Impossible, I think, to take only what I can carry. Falling columns shake the floor. I realize these figures, separated, become meaningless. Bereft of their context, they can only take on another value.
Faced with the unsolvable problem of two realities, I realized: all or nothing. Objects can't be saved.
Then I wake up. The unsolvable problem always wakes me up. It's a nightmare, really. But I'm used to it by now. A kind of calm terror, you might say.