“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Reasons to be Cheerful (Part Forty Five)

Much focus on dad's health this week, trips to health centres and hospitals - seems to be doing fine, although I think the memory worsened somewhat. He forgets that his sister died a year ago and keeps being reminded of it when he asks about her. I do this as gently as possible, but it must be horrible news to keep getting over and over.

Difficult section of doctorate being written but I have a sense that I'm nearer than I thought to the end of this...

Two really excellent meetings, lots of movement and a fabulous social event (Jazz and Poetry! Great!) with TLCfeelsgood and all going smoothly, until... the bastard banking system glitched me and our bank account was poo pooed - basically, the computer says no - a human says 'it's because of the way the world is and all that' - oh, fuck off - it's because of the way you make the world be! So, anyway, I was both pissed off and angry about it yesterday, but more sanguine today and sorting out plan B - we are inevitably delayed. Fucking bastards, though! :-)

Read Jacques Derrida's book, The animal that therefore I am. Derrida considers the animal as 'other' and the power of naming (we have given ourselves the right and authority to confer names on the living other - on animals). He considers Heidegger's project of world and being and contends that his schema for being-in-the-world is flawed. For Heidegger, stone is without world, animal is poor in world and human is world-forming. However, Derrida challenges Heidegger as being essentially cartesian (shock!) in his assumptions about animal being.

I'd be much more convinced by Derrida if he had the courage of his convictions. In this text that essentially argues for an equality with 'animals' and 'humans' - however, nowhere can I discover if Derrida is vegetarian - which is really the inevitable conclusion from all he says. He says somewhere that he was a 'vegetarian in the soul'. Yeah, right, and in the meantime the crimes against animality of the 'animal' holocaust continues unabated...

1 comment:

  1. This situation is quite sad for each member of your family. However, I am sure that everything will work out, and your father will recover.


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