Participatory Inquiry, episode 74: Corner of Entitlement & Pain

“In transition, beyond entitlement, 
we instigated business as unusual.”


Your entitlement is your pain. The entitlement is the slouching. They are mutually reinforcing and co-extensive. There is no denying.

Surely some algorithms is at hand
Surely it’s the robots coming
And the entitlement has finally taken form
For what is this unbearable lightness
Its hour come at last

Luxury kitchen sinks
You already tried doing business as usual, more of it, faster, conjuring every trick turned code, turning rainforests into luxury ships, throwing everything and the kitchen sink to it, to no avail. Your heart is no longer in it.

A scheme, by any other name
would seem as tired.

Fifty percent of all known plants and animals
“What can we learn from how some of the rainforest’s millions of species has adapted to survival challenges? Explore these strategies and consider how emulating them in human designs could inspire new ways to cool and manage humidity in buildings, protect us from ultraviolet light, improve antibiotic effectiveness, focus light for more efficient solar panels and lenses, and more.”

millions of years
by life itself

What strategies have been field-tested for millions of years already, by life itself? What new strategies can aid in our business as unusual? What words can we reclaim and rekindle to conjure newfound meaning?

The Nature of Order
“As the roman alphabet spread through oral Europe, the Old English word ‘spell,’ which had meant simply to recite a story or tale, took on the new double meaning: on the one hand, it now meant to arrange, in the proper order, the written letters that constitute the name of a thing or a person; on the other, it signified a magic formula or charm.

Yet these two meanings were not nearly as distinct as they have come to seem to us today. For to assemble the letters that make up the name of a thing, in the correct order, was precisely to effect a magic, to establish a new kind of influence over that entity, to summon it forth!

To spell, to correctly arrange the letters to form a name or a phrase, seemed thus at the same time to cast a spell, to exert a new and lasting power over the things spelled. Yet we can now realize that to learn to spell was also, and more profoundly, to step under the influence of the written letters ourselves, to cast a spell upon our own senses. It was to exchange the wild and multiplicitous magic of an intelligent natural world for the more concentrated and refined magic of the written word.”
 — David Abram

What new patterns and generative sequences can help us turn a corner? Which paths can we traverse, that leads beyond?

Participatory Inquiry, episode 74: Corner of Entitlement & Pain

Eutah Mizushima