Friday, November 8, 2013

Presentists

The more audacious inventors of words are the category engaged in sociological study for profit.  Whole sentences can emerge from their thinking, not one word of which has an easily discerned definition. These words are like breeze cowering the candle flame, before ever they become revelation. And to get a grasp of these words one has to enter the culture of worry that so thoroughly informs any mental framework prone to the analysis of others.  An effort that may or may not be worthwhile, unless you already are bountifully judgmental and unlike Faust, you are also pure in mind, body and spirit.  A circumstance that I suspect impossible outside of an understanding of The Trinity that places the ultimate responsibility elsewhere. Gives it a cooing name, bows down to it and sacrifices the pretty to its unattainable nature.


Take something like "Presentism,"  which certainly gives the spell check an apoplectic moment, but which as far as I can tell means "being here now within a particular context."  In another way, "Presentism" is not the study of the slothful sitting on the couch staring at the ceiling, rather it is the study of the slothful sitting on the couch galvanized by mental activities that are "immediate" and "outwardly" induced.  More specifically, mental activities that react primarily to "newness."  For some thinkers, "Presentists" are a bunch of dullards seeking solace by attaching themselves to internet devices and bouncing around on pogo-sticks into more and more isolated groups, a decentralized structure certain to cause chaos.  For other thinkers, "Presentists" are the wave of the future, a conjoining of man and machine into wiser and wiser-ness.  And here it's not easy for me to chose sides because I am one of those who has finally decided that after 241 episodes, NCIS has bitten the shark.

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