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. It’s February 1969, the Bronx, New York City. A ten-year-old Oldsmobile has had its number plates removed and the bonnet/hood left slightly open to make it look ‘abandoned’. An … Continue reading Respect

Ethics

IN THAT MOMENT OF EYE-TO-EYE CONTACT, THERE IS RECOGNITION AND A REALISATION OCCURS. WE ARE MET BY ANOTHER PERSON. EACH OF US DESERVES CONSIDERATION, THOUGHT AND UNDERSTANDING.  EACH OF US DESERVES TO BE TREATED ETHICALLY. I want to draw attention to a thirst that needs to be quenched. There is a positive drought sweeping over us, which threatens to create … Continue reading Ethics

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. Read the extended version

Prejudices

WE OWN OUR PREJUDICES, BUT THEY DON’T HAVE TO OWN US. IF UNDERSTOOD, THEY CAN BE CHALLENGED AND OVERCOME. THEIR BAYING JUDGEMENTS CAN BE STEMMED AND QUIETENED. PREJUDICES DON’T HAVE TO STRIDE IMPULSIVELY THROUGH OUR THOUGHTS. HOW MANY OF US, THOUGH, HAVE SUCH SELF-CONTROL? Read the extended version

Understanding

The ear that floats on a melody, is the same that attends to language. It similarly startles when surprised by a scuffle. Our eyes, that we tune to culture, scan first for words and danger. Experiences and understanding are rarely met blankly. Evolutionary wiring orders survival and comprehension first, and then art. In Aesthetics and Hermeneutics, … Continue reading Understanding

VIII Jumping in with both feet and AC/DC

***** It is the ghost of ourselves that stands still in the midst of the tumult and watches, detached in eye and detached in body, as the struggles and joys of our fellow passengers float across the protective screen we have blown up around ourselves. ***** Let’s kick off with a quick flash-back. If you … Continue reading VIII Jumping in with both feet and AC/DC

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