(99) Paper Tiger, No Stomache for Sorting

Interesting to think that marginialzed communities like Herstory will have paper archive whereas official culture is losing its capacity to legitimize itself as it expresses itself in ephemeral e world. I’ve been taking screen shots of one site every few months to have some documentation of the flux (come to Critical Themes if interested). I am struck by the propensity of self-help books encourage people to live in the now when in fact that seems to me what they do too much … but of course attachment demands loss

The internalizing of waste and monetizing of waste through industry, education may result from necessity – the planet has fewer and fewer Other places (as radiation measured in NY yesterday attests). When there is no clean water one must drink whatever and be made aware of that. This necessity could be rejoinder to Nietzsche’s idea that creators need the stomache to lay waste. That decision is already made.  Current problem of managing one’s thoughts about waste is not being able to live with them. Unassimilated thoughts get sent to the unconscious where consciousness dumps what it cannot process (or vice versa depending on school of thought – unconcsicous has its productive nature filtered up or repressed by the allowances of consciousness)

Anyway, had me thinking as I was walking in the rain of the time I became person non grata in a Marx class by suggesting that being non-productive was the truly revolutionary act – forget equal pay, rather aggitate for no work … always the dreamer.  But was reminded of all this today listening to bells of Hoboken  – there is a counter to dynamism of Western Capitiialism in Confucianism in so far as it is a conservative philosophy, summed up in “Essays on Idleness” in which cranky monk writes things like “So why did we need a new bell? Old one was fine.”  Anyone who has had to spend a lot of time with war survivors knows how tedious the “use it till it disintegrates” mode can be – also embarassing as the old folks put all the crackers at the diner in their pockets … but it is an alterantive to endless innovation. Non-productive is of course impossible, but less could be more


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