A THING

…I’ve noticed about this blog is my supposedly private sphere of not linking to Google or other search engines, seems to be a fallacy. I did a google search of the blog title and viola–there I was.

What does that have to do with anything? Absolutely nothing. And everything if you consider everything is nothing, and something. We work, we labour, we act, and we react.
On labour, work and action:

I found this on the net tonight–it’s a bit of what I’ve been reading lately on Hannah Arendt. Although her philosophy is hard to pin-point, I believe she attempted to keep it that way on purpose. She wanted people to think about their roles in politics as on-going, a flux of thought.

Many try to sweep a net over her theories, but I believe she tried to avoid being labelled as one thing or another. She didn’t like stasis, in fact, part of her philosophy believes that the more alike we become, the less we tolerate difference.

I think she was anti-Utopian in her ideology through her difference. Arendt appears to be dialectical (not in a Hegelian manner–but more in the traditional Greek way) in her philosophy to the point where she assumes that people should think about the idea, re-think about the outcome, and the opposition to an idea, then think the synthesis as an open-ended judgement, not a concrete judgement. There seems to be a flexibility to her thinking that moves almost in a circular way, a flux that can’t be labelled, because if it did, it would become something concrete, and static. And, of course, none of this makes much sense, except that it keeps me thinking that I’m thinking something worth thinking about.

Or, I could be completely wrong.

6 thoughts on “A THING

  1. I’ve read just the first two pages and I’m thinking I should be doing something other than complaining that I think I don’t have enough time/space for thinking!

  2. Berlynn: What I like most about taking this class is the class itself. Not so much the readings, although they require a certain amount of thought and energy, but I’m enjoying the people in the class. Most English classes contain people that are rather reluctant to talk, or to ask questions, and I don’t know why this is, but it is; however, in philosophy I’ve discovered people like to ask questions, want to know answers, and they don’t really care if they are perceived as different asking by asking questions. It is wonderful to the view the work from so many levels, from so many curious minds that want to know how things work. I’m beginning to think English classes must deter questions on some level by assuming meaning is a fixed and pre-determined thing.

  3. Author-gods? I don’t know. I think more that English teachers instill a fear that there is only one way to read a text, and this is the way they learned the text, and any other way is wrong. I remember a similar statement from the mouth of my English 100 prof., and from my high school english teachers (although at my age, the memory does play tricks).

  4. But there are good prof’s… like Troni. I suppose there are profs like that and because you get used to that, even when you get a good prof, it’s hard to start talking.

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