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Interminable illusion book
Illusion and disillusionment are two aspects of the same vital process, while disappointment points to the interruption of such process. It is universally acknowledged that life would be unlivable without the ubiquitous presence of illusion; paradoxically, however, if we were unable to bear disillusionment, we would be exposed to a premature death. The “bit of experience” gives way to the construction of the intermediate area, in which transitional objects come into being and the experience of reality is possible only if it originates from illusion. The intermediate area is the creation of the drive to live, which registers the absence of the object as perception of absence, frustration, and lack, intertwined with the desire to make it good. Creativity of thought is a product of the long process of working through transitional phenomena. The possibility of communication through the written word is also a form of illusion, a capacity to create and perpetuate illusion for the self and others.