|"Every sentence that I utter
should be regarded by you not as an assertion
but as a question." --Niels Bohr|
is reflective appropriation of experience. Connoisseurship and delectation result from
leisured but disciplined study of our world of daily life. "New experiences"
have their place (everything was new once, and if what we
have is irremediably not good then we have no choice
other than to try to find something better...). But with every
"something different" we have to start all over again at the surface
in order to orient ourselves so we can begin to discover nuances....
Not variety, but the ever more refined delights revealed in thoughtful daily engagement
over many years with things which "have what it takes"
to sustain such commitment, is the spice of life. Consider the
art conservator, who, by the caring actions through which he or she
preserves (and sometimes restores...) each work, at the same time tests its authenticity and integrity (See
1 Thes. 5:21, quoted below...).|
friends collegially undertake this reflective process of
building ever more layers of meaning upon the layers of meaning previously laid down in the
reflective meaning-building process itself, they
enrichingly transform their form of shared social life. By including their
social relations within the horizon of their reflection, the
persons re-construct the form of life they happen to be living as a fortuitous result of
"being from where they came from" (their "ethnicity"),
in all its aspects, in the light of the results of critical reflection on it.
The persons thus claim their form of life for the thematized goal of being optimally good for
the persons who live it (themselves...); they exchange "their" ethnicity,
for their city. The persons enrich their
form of life with all the meanings and activities through which they
work to realize this goal, many of which "sediment" to become a new kind of self-aware habitualities which supercede
their daily life's previous unreflected customs
("novus ordo seclorum").
And the persons become increasingly self-accountable for their form
of life's success (or failure...) in achieving that goal -- which goal is "simply" the
quality of each person's life as freely judged by the person him- or herself.|
|"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good" (1 Thes. 5:21)|
|Leisure is the basis of culture.
|| how a city can deserve to exist (Louis Kahn).|
||/Go to BMcC aphorisms for a human[e] world....|
|| Edmund Husserl's lecture: Philosophy and the crisis of European humanity
|| my page on Freud's Civilization and its Discontents.|| |
|| about contemporary communication challenges.|
|| about what it means to live in "Internet time".|
|| and other social customs (aka "ethnicity"...): our universal semiotic junkyard.|| |
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11 April 2006CE
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