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September 8th, 2011

From Sense Perceptions > to > Language

From Right Brain > to > Left Brain functioning

This goes directly to what I do as a visual artist.

Thought experiments beyond the objective:

  1. Psychology:
    Attuning to one’s sense perceptions and thusly emotional state > & > toward naming your emotional state.
  2. Western Political Economy:
    And let’s say the Himba tribe are western leaders willing to lie to skew outcomes (for that is what They are attached to). And let’s say they are talking about religion, education, economy or the environment.

    Can you see how without an earnest attachment to what we see, western leaders are capable of creating a “War on Terror”, “Privatization of the Commons” including the “Failure of Public Education”, “Trillion Dollar Bailouts for Capital”, the “Tar Sands”, “Climate Change” and the “Depletion of the Environment?

    I think we need to adopt more earnest subjects to be our leaders.

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  1. paul
    September 11th, 2011 at 03:30 | #1

    The discussion of the Himba reminds me of that old story about the eskimos, that they have 22 names for snow (or anyway, way more than we have) and so they actually perceive snow very differently - and more subtly than we do.

    I’m a little confused about how you are relating this to our (mis)leaders. Here’s an example of how I THINK you are making the connection: let’s take a US (mis)leader who routinely labels American bombs as “humanitarian”, when he or she thinks about them, while labeling other’s bombs as “terrorist”. Possibly, such a (mis)leader creates a kind of self-hypnosis, which makes carnage caused by US bombs nearly invisible to him or her, which in turn makes it much easier for him or her to unleash bombs and carnage. Is that the kind of thing you had in mind?

  2. October 23rd, 2012 at 15:03 | #2

    I suppose the anniversary of 9/11 has something to do with me forcing this connection.

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