Right Then And There - Luke Ritchie

A favorite quote of mine, oft repeated by the Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci, is that to be a revolutionary you need a pessimism of the intellect and an optimism of the will. I like this idea for two reasons. The first is that it rings true to any activist’s experience: in order to change the world you have to get up in the morning thinking that what you do will really matter, and have the critical eye that allows you to reflect upon your actions and access their efficacy. You also need to temper the enthusiasm which motivates you with a realism that keeps you from getting distraught at the end of the day (or the month, or the year, or the lifetime) when the world seems not to have transformed. But I also like Gramsci’s advice for another reason: it assumes that we can hold two, seemingly contradictory, positions at one and the same time. The goal of so much of our philosophy, be it academic, religious, or merely common sense, is the drive for consistency: to get all the bits and pieces of our ideologies in line so that it forms a uniform, one-sided argument. This leads to rationalist dogmatism of the worst kind. What Gramsci understands (and being a dialectical Marxist certainly helps), is that this sort of logical unity is not necessary: that we can, do, and probably should more often, hold opposing viewpoints. This way of thinking accepts as a given that the Truth or the Answer or the Direction cannot be contained in any singular answer. It suggests that neither side is entirely sufficient, and it is in the tension – the space – between two sides wherein another type of answer resonates. I like the word “resonate” here – because it gets at the dynamism and inherent motion of this position.

~   Stephen Duncombe, from Journal of Radical Shimming (Issue #10) Utopian Theory; A Conversation btw. Stephen Duncombe and Sam Gould
~   Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
~   Bill Watterson
~   C.S. Lewis
~   Neil deGrasse Tyson on Carl Sagan at yesterday’s Library of Congress event celebrating Sagan
~   Yehuda Berg
~   Gabourey Sidibe
~   OCC

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Life & Death.  Reus 2013

Matt Pakes
08.04.14/20:30/ 21
~    Byron Wien, shares life lessons he learned in his first 80 years.
Kylie-Ann Petrie
05.04.14/20:30/ 342
Canvas  by  andbamnan