Archive for October, 2010

Discussions on ‘The Economy of Thought’ (Continued from distribution list)


Hi Lere,

My suggestion is, that if you have time and energy to continue this discussion (i hope you do), we should take it offline as we may be going places that others on the list, besides Yvonne, are not interested in going, or do not currently have time for.  Thus I have posted this same reply to you at the URL just below, and if you reply to me there, anyone on this list who is interested can participate in the continuing discussion via the forum software there.

You miss my intended meaning of ‘field’, as in your statement;

“In your ‘field’ approach which is Heideggerian, all swim in the same pool and so individual take on things dont matter. What matters is the Nation which translates to nationalism as a ‘field’.” (more…)

The Emperor’s New Shoes


the emperor's shoe-powered projecting crown

the emperor's magic-shoe-powered projecting crown

There once was an Emperor who ruled the land and all that were in it with an iron fist.  He was what you might call an ‘absolutist’.   In his circle of courtiers was a wizard by the name of Notwen whose teachings, or at least the Emperor’s interpretations thereof,  had had great influence on the Emperor’s social and political policies.  There is a story that circulates within the land, that explains how it was that the Emperor came to think and rule in the absolutist manner that he did.  It is a story that the people call ‘the Emperor’s new shoes’ and it tells the tale of how Notwen infused magic into these shoes, magic that gave the Emperor special powers and at the same time made it clear to him why authoritarian force was the ideal approach to organizing the activities of the people in his Empire. (more…)

Checking Oneself on One’s Understanding of ‘Organization’


Is life really as Shakespeare’s Hamlet describes it?

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

Are we really living our lives by playing ‘roles’ that we develop by intellectual mastery?

[[As you consider this question and try it on for size re your own life situation, there is something important that you may miss taking into account in this process.   You can ‘check yourself out’ for whether you missed it or not at the bottom of this essay.]]

Surely, animals don’t acquire their ‘mother’, ‘father’, ‘protector’, ‘lover’ roles by intellectual mastery, so why should we think that we do? (more…)

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