'Why does not gold, which is eighteen times heavier than aqua regia, collect at the bottom of the vessel containing the aqua regia? Can you not see clearly that, between each particle of gold and aqua regia, there is a force by virtue of which they seek out each other, are united and join each other?'
Hermannus Boerhave, in Elemanta Chemiae, 1724
'Affinity is the force that makes these heterogeneous entities form a union, a kind of marriage, a chemical wedding, arising more from love than from hate'
Michel Lowy, Redemption and Utopia, 1988
'Seek each other out, attract each other and seize...each other, and then suddenly reappear again out of this intimate union , and come forward in fresh, unexpected form'
Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Elective Affinities, 1809
The massive technological pile-up called The Internet creates monsters in its own backyard. I don't know if this is a result of use or misuse of the machine? The electronic swapping of our monstrosities has been good for me. I'm not sure if I know what I have found in this experiment so far but it seems like a secret shared by all who are partaking in it. Yet it also seems like a secret shared by all that remains still secret or unknown. This chemical wedding may be another step taken on the way out of here.
'The day will soon come when we realise that, in spite of the wear and tear of life that bites like acid into our flesh, the very cornerstone of that violent liberation which reaches out for a better life in the heart of the technological ages that corrupts our cities is love. Only love remains beyond the realm of that which our imagination can grasp, dominating the deepness of the wind, the well full of diamonds, the constructions of the spirit and the logic of the flesh. The problem created by the bankruptcy of our emotions, intimately linked with the problem of capitalism, has not yet been resolved...'
Andre Breton, Manifesto on 'L'Age d'or', 1931
This WuWuWu love against hate may well be another step taken on the way out of here. I hope so.