The new normal

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This new concept is everywhere now, underpinning new behaviours, new reflexes, new apprehensions and a new way of life. The so called “new normal’ is a normal reaction to an aftermath.

Knowing this fact, why to hate the new reality?

Reality is a complex concept. The etymology is Latin, res, which means “thing” (for example, the word republic comes from res publica, public thing. A dictatorship calling itself a republic is a contradiction of words). Therefore, reality is the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic notion of them.

Zooming in, it is clear that reality is made of different layers: social reality, political reality, public reality, personal reality, environmental reality, individual reality and so on. A repetitive collective action defines the norm or what is normal or abnormal. Wearing a mask has become a new normal as a planetary and an individual repetitive action due to the birth of a new layer: the pandemics.

This powerful new layer threatens all the other ones. Consequentially, new behaviours and ways of thinking and living have already taken place.

Is our life better or worse now? 

So far, we hate it. Humans are creatures of habits and rituals and the latter played a major role in cultural and social cohesion as well as in cultural differentiation throughout history of mankind. It goes for our safety, our sanity and our survival. Even our cells are units of habits. What is a disease other than a disruptive phenomenon in the genetically programmed organism?

The problem is, humans are not their cells. They are their own minds, emotions and desires. Only a human mind can be in denial of an actual threat while an organism can’t be so.

Modern philosophy defined humans as rational beings but we are not or at least not all the time.

We seek pleasure and we fear pain. We function by reward and punishment. If we were only rational, we wouldn’t be depressed facing the new normal.

If ever the pandemics would disappear forever, its consequences on the different layers of the world reality will remain. The new normal will eventually become the normal.

 

Writing… and why I stopped it for a while

Writing is about inventing something new, as in a life, an existence, a becoming. For the becoming is creativity, a change, becoming other, creating hope for us in this world we live in. Art, philosophy, mysticism have a responsibility: the becoming of our societies!

I wrote this small paragraph the day I started this blog in June 2016, about philosophy in simple words or light philosophy, about philosophical writings for everyone with a purpose: to make myself heard, to make the romantics like me heard, to make misfits heard, to make anyone who doesn’t agree with the mainstream heard. Unfortunately, since 2016 the world hasn’t altered much, not to say it has gotten crazier. The becomings I mentioned earlier which we can see are about crisis: wars, violence, poverty, migration, racism etc. Something that made me stop writing for a long time, just because, as Charles Bukowski said it, if writing doesn’t roar out of your soul then don’t write. I found this video with his voice about being a writer:

http://youtu.be/F_1EiVab_08

It just roared now… and I don’t know why it did. I wish my writing desires would be more roaring but I am on those silent writers, and this can only make sense to writers who can go for a long time without any inspiration. If writing is inventing something new, today I didn’t invent anything, I didn’t write. The word, that precise word is yet to come!

I wish you all a lot of boredom

Placeholder ImageI am sitting in front of the blank screen, thinking about writing. It has been like this for the last 2 days but, all of a sudden, my mind has become as blank as this screen. No words, no images, no thoughts… nothing but a quite peaceful emptiness! Only one questions kept on lingering: what to write? What to write?

This is the experience of everyone of us, the experience of the missing word. And we can’t stand silence easily for it makes us unease. With social media in reach, media, news, explosions, celebrations, discussions, debates, loads of writing and posting, the world is talkative and noisy, too exposed and too exposing. Where one is forced to give an opinion, to protest, to cry, to laugh, to ask, to answer, to speak..is where silence is unbearable! For silence is the luxury of boredom!

Boredom is troublesome because it makes our mind wander. Martin Heidegger pointed out that boredom makes us reach the being! In a more simple language, boredom makes us think about the core, about the substantial: life, love, movements, actions, feelings, death, loved ones, hate, beauty, ugliness, freedom, justice, sex…. Boredom makes us think about the existence… about the being!

I wish you all a lot of boredom!

Sénèque et la comédie humaine tragique.

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« Mais il ne sert de rien d’avoir éliminé les causes de tristesse personnelle : car il arrive quelquefois que le dégoût du genre humain nous saisit, quand nous voyons tout ce qu’il y a au monde de crimes heureux. Lorsqu’on songe à quel point l’innocence est rare et la droiture introuvable, lorsqu’on se représente que la probité n’est autant dire jamais désintéressée, que la débauche a des profits aussi répugnants que ses débours, que l’ambition, se trahissant elle-même, en arrive à chercher son éclat dans l’ignominie, l’âme alors sombre dans la nuit : on a l’impression que les vertus, qu’on ne peut plus s’attendre à rencontrer et qu’on a plus d’avantage à pratiquer, sont anéanties, et l’on est la proie des ténèbres. Aussi faut-il nous appliquer à ne pas trouver haïssables, mais risibles, les vices des humains, et à imiter Démocrite plutôt qu’Héraclite : celui-ci ne pouvait paraître en public sans pleurer, l’autre sans rire ; l’un ne voyait que misère dans toutes les actions des hommes, l’autre que sottise. Prenons donc toutes choses légèrement et supportons-les avec bonne humeur : il est bien plus conforme à la nature humaine de se moquer de l’existence que d’en gémir. Ajoutez qu’on rend meilleur service au genre humain en riant de lui qu’en se lamentant : le rieur nous laisse quelque espoir d’amendement ; l’autre s’afflige stupidement des maux qu’il désespère de guérir. Enfin, pour qui juge les choses d’un point de vue supérieur, on montre une âme plus forte en s’abandonnant au rire qu’en cédant aux larmes, puisqu’on ne se laisse troubler que d’une émotion toute superficielle et qu’on ne voit rien d’important, rien de sérieux, rien de déplorable non plus, dans toute la comédie humaine ».

Sénèque, De la tranquillité de l’âme, in Dialogues, Tome IV, texte établi et traduit par René Waltz, Paris, Société d’édition « Les Belles-Lettres », 1970, p. 100-101.

Intro to Plato’s Republic: The Allegory of the Cave

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Nietzsche et la destruction nécessaire du passé

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“L’histoire appartient avant tout à l’actif et au puissant, (…) qui, ayant besoin de maîtres, d’exemples, de consolateurs, ne saurait les trouver parmi ses compagnons (…) qui ne font que s’agiter et se débattre ; pour qu’il ne se prenne pas à désespérer et à ressentir du dégoût, il a besoin de regarder derrière lui. (…)

L’histoire appartient en second lieu à celui qui conserve et qui vénère, à celui qui, avec fidélité et amour, tourne les regards vers l’endroit d’où il vient, où il s’est formé. (…) Il veut conserver les conditions sous lesquelles il est né, pour ceux qui viendront après lui, et c’est ainsi qu’il sert la vie. (…) Quand l’histoire sert la vie passée au point qu’elle mine la vie présente et surtout la vie supérieure, quand le sens historique ne conserve plus la vie mais qu’il la momifie, c’est alors que l’arbre se meurt.

Pour pouvoir vivre, l’homme doit posséder la force de briser un passé et de l’anéantir et il faut qu’il emploie cette force de temps en temps. (…) Il arrive pourtant parfois que cette même vie qui a besoin de l’oubli exige la destruction momentanée de cet oubli. Il s’agit alors de se rendre compte combien injuste est l’existence d’une chose, par exemple d’un privilège, d’une caste, d’une dynastie, de se rendre compte à quel point cette chose mérite de disparaître”.

Nietzsche, Seconde considération inactuelle, 1874

Over the past and far beyond: why does the past haunt us?

Haunting past, good and bad memories, good and bad experiences stay somehow vivid. Regrets, remorse, resentment, nostalgia are emotions whose accuracy is questionable. The 20th century French philosopher Henri Bergson defines consciousness as memory. Erase memory, than consciousness is no longer there. Consciousness plays the role of a bridge between past, present and future making them seem as a continuous story. Therefore, historicity is the human consciousness trademark.

However, what is the past more than an amalgam of stories and ideas?

It is nothing. It doesn’t exist. It has “passed”. Although its presence is powerful because it shaped our identity. Sometimes it gets heavy, paralyzing.

So is hanging to the past a sign of a sick or a healthy mind? Can amnesia be a remedy?

The answer is neither nor. It is more about controlling ideas and thoughts fuelled by memories then erasing memories. If time in itself and past events can’t be controlled, one can control, to a certain extend, their inside world.

Oftentimes, one doesn’t want to control their inside world. With control comes freedom and responsibility.

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