Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Heideger and Illich

I have so many things at a fierce rattle in my brain, that I hope to take a rest. There are two intelligent places for my readers/guests to visit while I take a snow day and do some writing on my current book: Martin Heidegger and Ivan Illich. For Illich, I will point readers to a previous blog essay on the manipulation and machinations of conservative politics made possible by the dearth of hands-on learning. Forgive me, this is long and deep. 

For Heidegger, I offer this quote:
There was once a time when it was not technology alone that bore the name technē. Once that revealing that brings forth truth into the beautiful was also called technē. Once there was a time when bringing-forth of the true into the beautiful was called technē. And the poiēsis of fine art was also called technē. In Greece, at the outset of the destining of the West, the arts soared to the supreme height of the revealing granted them. They brought the presence of the gods, brought the dialogue of divine and human destinings, to radiance. And art was simply called technē. It was a single manifold revealing. It was pious, promos, i.e., yielding to the holding-sway and the safekeeping of truth.
And so the importance of technology may not be in what it does for us, but in what it reveals about us, or reveals to us about ourselves.

The stock knife shown above was hammered from steel yesterday by my friend Bob Patrick. While a book might be fresh off the presses, this object containing volumes of experience and information could be described as fresh from the quench. My thanks to Bob for leading me on my way.

Make, fix and create...

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