Reading: Shorter American Memory of the Declaration of Independence by Rosmarie Waldrop

Rosmarie Waldrop (b. 1935) is a German poet who emigrated to the United States in the late 1950s. She is the acclaimed translator of the poetry of Edmond Jabès. Unknown to her work, I poured over what is of her poetry available online and stumbled upon this funny idea. Shorter American Memory of the Declaration

The economy now

Those essential services, the doctors nurses shopkeepers farmers truckers, plus we the people sitting at home playing with themselves or each other while connected to the global brain via the Internet – that IS the economy now. It might be hard enough to save that economy, so let’s stop talking about the abstract beast ‘economy’ which was nothing but an upward redistribution scheme selling the masses fake happiness to compensate for their fake work.

Talent

Your “talent” is not some magical force you can tap into, it has always been built up over time. You did that. Every talent you have, you have accumulated and that process started when you were conceived, in your mother’s womb. “I don’t have talent” is never an excuse. It is never too late to start building talent. Make the world your womb. Stay hard.

Exodus 41

And Moses sayeth unto the LORD I implore you my LORD, could you give me a glass of water? The LORD, comfortably seated was holding in His hand a celestial glass of water. But His heart was capricious and on that day, He did not feel like charity, nor did the thought cross His mind

Profit maximization is a ‘clean’, strong forcing idea, i.e. one that allows for the abstraction from local context. It binds human actions together in a social structure that proves very hard to disentangle. Communal welfare cannot abstract from life in this way. The internal motivation hinges on local outcomes and thus erodes, leading either to societal collapse or suppression, which represent more primitive forcing ideas, namely following orders and immediate survival.