You should read this if you’ve ever wanted to write in order to change people’s view of something. Maybe that’s not something you’ve ever wanted to do. I don’t know. I can’t really tell from where I am. I just made the assumption that there are people who do want to do that, and I made it explicit so you could decide for yourself how to continue. Maybe some of you (hello, my dear readers) do and some don’t. Who knows. Either way, this is the starting point I chose for all of us: you want to write in order…
Who am I?
I am one of We.
I am not one of The Others.
Without The Other, I can’t be, because without The Other there can be no We.
Without sleep there would be no being awake. Being awake would be everything and therefore nothing worth pointing at and talking about.
Without The Other, We would be everything and therefore nothing.
How can I be one of We?
I have to be seen as being one of We, because We are a group of mutually observing subjects that continually produce evidence of separation from Others. We do things, We…
My friends got a dog. Or rather, a chihuahua. “Not much of a dog”, someone might say. “Couldn’t they find a rat that was big enough?” Ouch. A bit mean, isn’t it. But imagine they had actually got a rat instead. That conversation wouldn’t even happen. Unless the rat was very, very big. “Why didn’t they get a dog instead? A dog would do a better job at scaring people away.” Do rats and dogs exist on a spectrum? Where on that spectrum would a chihuahua live? Maybe somewhere in the middle, in the lukewarm gray zone?
Autism used to…
the body/mind distinction is such a naïve attempt at explaining away the inner contradictions of seeing oneself as one, but failing to fully experience the supposed, the purposeful oneness
imposing a simple order on top of a contradiction, not replacing it, not admitting the mistake, but merely hiding it underneath another faulty layer, broken in exactly the same way
admitting that the one is always a fiction — a dynamic abstraction constructed and held up in a semi-coordinated way by an unordered, ultimately unorderable set of forces and resonators — resolves the tension much better
the contradiction is made explicit…
money is time people spent making things
money is having choices in the future
money is a buffer for when something hits you
money is materialised recognition
money is control over how people spend their time
money is numbers on a computer you don’t have access to
money is why you can’t
money is telekinesis
money is support
money is dependency
money is a band-aid for your conscience
money is a nice evening out
money is memories
money is worry
money is struggle and persistence
money is access to society
money is selfishness
money is abstracting from living beings that need food and hugs to the harsh notion of individual value that determines the quality and length of everybody’s life
money is death
It sounds nonsensical, doesn’t it. “As a man, in order to be a man, you have to be a man.” However, this seemingly paradoxical statement is actually meaningful. Let’s break it down and see how.
As a man
The phrase “as a man” directs whatever comes after it at a particular section of people: those who are addressable as “men”.
It says, “people who know that I am talking about you when I talk about men: the following applies to you”. …
Let’s start with a summary of the point I want to make:
A: “You are my favorite T-shirt wearer.”
B: “I’m not a T-shirt wearer. I just happen to wear a T-shirt sometimes.”
A: “Here we go again… you and your complicated identity.”
B: “What’s so complicated about it?”
A: “I mean… okay… I get it: sometimes you are a T-shirt wearer and then other times you are a non-T-shirt wearer.”
B: “Not quite. When I’m wearing a T-shirt, I still don’t identify as a T-shirt wearer. It’s just something I do that you see related to my identity and I don’t.”
A: “How about this: maybe you are a partial T-shirt…