Play

When everyone else is doing the same thing, it reinforces feelings of personal integration. It is only when a dancer appears that such ways of being seem incomplete. Play, dance, swoop and glide. Live. When one is solely used to walking sedately from room to room and observing all those around conducting themselves in a … Continue reading Play

Consciousness

Consciousness is infinite, it is continually unbound. There are no edges, no limits, no prescribed patterns or paths. Lariat throws, droplets sinking. Being-for-itself, consciousness has no predetermined essence. It has to invent for itself, ever expanding, constantly flowing. In Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre’s subject of enquiry started to shift and peel away from phenomenology, … Continue reading Consciousness

Tenderness

Tenderness is the welcome that waits. Passive, but also active. Humble, but never servile. Always in the present, always selfless. Tenderness gives a direct and instant connection. For Silvia Benso, attention “becomes an essential component of the human side of the ethics of things.”[1] For her, attention is rooted in ad-tending, the moving toward; the concentrating … Continue reading Tenderness

Freedom

The me that was, is different to the me that I. Where yesterday I swam in the city, today I muse where tomorrow I fly. I am free to choose. There is nothing to abide. The shape and course of my future is always alive. By looking at what occurs when one’s consciousness moves through … Continue reading Freedom

The Self

Fascinated and enthralled by our own selves, and the meagre knowledge we have managed to grasp. We become lonely, empty, and wretched, if, with a frozen look, we slay those we encounter. The choice between cold knowledge or compassion awaits. According to Emmanuel Levinas, a loss or a death takes place if we freeze over … Continue reading The Self

Respect

Respect doesn’t wear mirrored sunglasses. Respect doesn’t opt for role-playing detachment. Respect doesn’t punish because it can. Respect doesn’t abuse, accuse or allege. Respect doesn’t start with fear, hatred or suspicion. The Stanford Prison Experiment was conducted from 14th – 20th of August 1971. It was supposed to have a longer duration, but it had to be … Continue reading Respect

IV The experience of art and Magritte

***** “The work of art has its true being in the fact it becomes an experience that changes the person who experiences it.”1 Hans-Georg Gadamer ***** One hundred and fifty years before Kant wrote his Critique of Judgement, Diego Velázquez painted his portrait of ‘Pope Innocent X’. Ever since, art connoisseurs have revered the work. For example, … Continue reading IV The experience of art and Magritte