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Still, I am battling with Karen Barad. The book about philosophy and physics. Entanglement and complementarity. It's deeply dazzling. But I often feel in the dark. She keeps saying that she will explain... but I seem to miss the explanation. Or maybe we haven't got there yet. Up to 24%.


What I am increasingly coming to believe is that they key to wisdom is refusing to accept any generalities or abstracts. Refusing to buy into musts and must nots. Refusing to regard universality as a requirement. No. What I have come to think now, or to believe now, is that to be wise you must realise that you are always a part of what you are considering. And if you really are not part of it, which is probably unlikely, then you have no right making a judgment on it. If you are, then you bear responsibility. You must realise that every situation is itself - and that likely as not you are entangled with it. Every decision is contingent and, likely as not, you cannot sit outside it. Every situation requires that you don't just (or even) look from the outside but instead you feel from inside or up close. you are connected and in contact with it. Nor can you bring to bear on it your rules from something else. that knowledge may well be relevant, but you cannot impose the rights of one facet of space-time to another. You just can't.


And that's why wisdom is so hard.


You need the curiosity to have found out all about what any situation is and the love to acknowledge your entanglement with it.


It is always thinking or knowing and feeling or sensing. And it is always a matter of actual material matter.


At least, that is what I think now. And... I guess I can't generalise about it.


Darn.


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maplekey4
Feb 15

I've saved this post for my Crone folder. This snippet is helpful -- "...you must realise that you are always a part of what you are considering..." And you help me see why curiosity and caring are important.

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