Great article, thanks!
Aside from the various connections & insights, all of which are useful and stimulating, I’m left wondering what the concluding remarks mean, in practice.
- “we must bring our particularity into focus with the rest of the world”
- “We must learn to navigate a reality where fixed identities are never sure”
- “by attaining a deeper understanding of the ambiguous world”
On the surface, I agree with these wholeheartedly. And I’ve written similar things, similar conclusions after some inquiry, and I’ve always been left wondering what I’m actually calling for. You probably did this on purpose, but these concluding prescriptions are as vague as the Emersonian vagueness you elaborated.
Are you ultimately getting at specific forms of practice here? Like when you write: “The skeptical silence is the backdrop for the music of ideology and practice”.
If so, any ideas on the specific forms of practice, or are modalities of education reform being hinted at? Or individual regimes of contemplative practice?
These are questions I’ve been asking myself recently, would love to hear your thoughts on taking these speculative conclusions into the lived world, into our culture, into our daily lives, etc.
I’ve gotten into meditation, education reform, universal basic income, and ultimately, the notion of lived-practice as pragmatic conclusions to my more vague speculations. Aside from sounding dogmatic to conclude with specific regimes, my list is too short.
Thanks for the read!