quotes and notes from things/books that have stuck with me
-"the precarious nature of love in world obsessed with individualism, consumption and borders"
-"we are more than economic units, we are always in change, we are always becoming, we are always breathing each other in and out, we are more an event than an object"
-"He considers four of its faces - the burnout, the slob, the daydreamer and the slacker - alongside the lives of four creative figures associated with inertia, arguing that a good life requires freedom from the demand to be perpetually active. Drawing on his personal experiences and stories from his consulting room, Cohen gets to the heart of the apathy so many of us feel when faced with the demands of contemporary life and asks: how might we live a different and more fulfilled existence?"
The Earth spins. Days aimlessly follow throughout the week. We walk in and out of cycles of exhaustion and exuberance. Cosmic rhythm alters emotional and intellectual states, as much as human structures of time, but can enhance lost sensibilities. Following the lunar cycle in concert with planetary matter concerns pleasure, and caring for synchronicity rather than for moments of solitary fulfilment.
"…especially when the water is black and the skies are gray and all that is beneath you is cold stone. Sometimes it feels like i could evaporate, levitate right off the surface…Never felt more free than spinning my whole body around rapidly, like a pencil in an automatic pencil sharpener. Infinite sky and the vast neutrality of the environment."
"...a struggle to find genuine human connection amidst a social hierarchy that dehumanizes and separates its members from one another"
"We live in an age of impotence. Stuck between global war and global finance, between identity and capital, we seem to be incapable of producing that radical change that is so desperately needed. Is there still a way to disentangle ourselves from a global order that shapes our politics as well as our imagination? In his most systematic book to date, renowned Italian theorist Franco “Bifo” Berardi tackles this question through a solid yet visionary analysis of the three fundamental concepts of possibility, potency, and power. Overcoming any temptation of giving in to despair or nostalgia, Berardi proposes the notion of futurability as a way to remind us that even within the darkness of our current crisis, still lies dormant the horizon of possibility."
Symbolic anthropology or, more broadly, symbolic and interpretive anthropology, is the study of cultural symbols and how those symbols can be used to gain a better understanding of a particular society. According to Clifford Geertz, "[b]elieving, with Max Weber, that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun, I take culture to be those webs, and the analysis of it to be therefore not an experimental science in search of law but an interpretive one in search of meaning".