Re: The Myth of Meritocracy in Fine Arts - to Michael

Posted by Dyske Suematsu | Thu Feb 26th 2004 4:56 p.m.

Hi Michael,

Some would argue that Wittgenstein started deconstruction. Think of the
method he employs. When someone poses a philosophical question such as,
"What is the meaning of life?", he does not answer it. He deconstructs the
question itself. To him, there are no such things as philosophical
questions. They are all "nonsensical" questions that only appears to have a
sense. Our language is fooling us into thinking that there is a sense there.
He dedicated his life to vanishing philosophical questions. The goal (if you
can call it that) of Zen Buddhism is the same.

Most of you here seem to assume that deconstruction will lead to a total
chaos, something undesirable, destructive, or unconstructive. It almost
appears as though you are scared of it. It is similar to those who are
deeply religious; they feel that if we took away their gods, their lives
would fall apart.

I'm living a perfectly good life here. So, relax: Deconstruction does not
lead to chaos. You'll live your life just the same way you live your life
now. You'll build your houses based on assumptions. The only difference is
that you would not have any deep attachments to those assumptions, because
you have been deconstructed.

I hope you don't feel ashamed of cooking me a meal because of our
disagreements here. It was great and I would like to do that again!

-D
  • ryan griffis | Thu Feb 26th 2004 6:06 p.m.
    > I'm living a perfectly good life here. So, relax: Deconstruction does
    > not
    > lead to chaos. You'll live your life just the same way you live your
    > life
    > now. You'll build your houses based on assumptions. The only
    > difference is
    > that you would not have any deep attachments to those assumptions,
    > because
    > you have been deconstructed.

    quite the contrary... i wouldn't be interested in a critique of deconstruction as such. it is its conservative element that i want to see dissected. it's the "relax: deconstruction does not lead to chaos" element that i'm interested in watching. right now chaos seems liberating if i consider the current situation stable.
    just my assumptions - sorry to reply to a personal note.
    best,
    ryan
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