Friday, August 19, 2011
But it is looking like something new in philosophy, and we hope entertaining too, as well as deep. When I say deep, I mean that the reader will be inspired to go deep, without the intellectual exercise being at all painful. The aim (that is, my aim—Bryan can do what he likes) is to understand why the world—the human world—is the way it is. Not by giving any answers to any big questions. Not giving any recipe for how it can be made better. We have enough of those. But perhaps debunking some misconceptions. I have a feeling we may understand more by knowing less. Unknowing will be encouraged through a list, or even a catalogue—at any rate a catalyst—of absurd possibilities. You see, we tend to force our world into making sense, by following the crowd, by ignoring as best we can the awkward feelings which don’t fit in or seem to make no sense. We call them illusory, or fake, and so on. Which they might well be. Or not. It’s up to you and me to discriminate.
I realized the other day that when I go out wayfaring, or even when I hang out the clothes in the backyard,
But I understand now the need for philosophy, and why I need to see its connections to psychology, and theology, and the connection of all these to human biology, and how it has evolved, in a great inseparable whole. I need these studies to understand the society of which I am a part, a society which seems so strange when I’m away from it, in some meadow sown with wildflowers, or when gazing into the eyes of a young bull or goat.
I want to understand it all, not as a scientist, for that requires a specialized way of looking at things, but just as a human with time to stand and stare.
The meadows above are at Beacon’s Bottom, not far from here. The chimneys are as viewed from the backyard, just after hanging the wet clothes on the line. You can’t see anything special in the photos, of course, but from a primitive impulse I like to show you the places where I feel immeasurably rich and blessed.
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