Monday, December 29, 2008

I am thinking about this stuff because the year is almost over.

Here is something I read this year that has hung around in my mind--to go along with the conversation over at counterintuitive's.


  1. Very touching to read that now, with hindsight. Eerie.
    I like what he says about worship. We all worship something. I think that's true.
    This would be a good essay to have students read and analyze. Very compelling.

  2. Yes, very eerie considering his recent suicide: "It is not the least bit coincidental that adults who commit suicide with firearms almost always shoot themselves in: the head. They shoot the terrible master. And the truth is that most of these suicides are actually dead long before they pull the trigger."

    I appreciate the deconstruction of the commencement speech and his idea of the self-centered default setting we all most necessarily have but must work against.

    But I'm not sure we all "worship" something even though I probably have said that myself at some point. Certainly the atheist or the believer or the whatever *can* worship, but I hope we can decide not to worship. Of course I wouldn't take that argument to its extreme by suggesting we can somehow lift ourselves out of and above discourse, social construction etc.

  3. I think he's saying--and here I am pretty sure I agree--that we are built to worship, just like we are built to have language, and that we struggle to construct the self within the constraints of these built-ins. I think people can deconstruct all the day long, and we are still stuck with the linguistic order's binary imperative and the imperative to create hierarchies of value.



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