Wednesday, May 25, 2005

CLUNK

Somewhere along the lines of my reading I ran across the line "a man turns into what he does." What am I turning into? A job I have to do to pay the rent? A dreamer? A part-time writer? In an ideal world I could wake up each morning and simply be, but I don't live in an ideal world. Nevertheless, why should I continue to expend energy on activities that drain time and energy. Am I just rolling the gears of a machine outside my control? It's raining hard today.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Check your shoe... something stinks.

Just thought I'd share some academic discourse concerning a topic close to all of us: bullshit. Harry G. Frankfurt, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton Univeristy, writes in his book appropriately titled On Bullshit (New Jersey: Princeton UP, 2005):

"One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern, nor attracted much sustained inquiry."

Frankfurt goes on to define bullshit and proposes a theory to help decifer how bullshit plays a role in our lives. Check out an interview.

The challenge:

1. Analyze your own daily life; look for signs of bullshit (either self-induced, witnessed from afar, or simply going along with someone else).

2. Post the situation in the comments.

3. We'll go from there.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Shifting Gears

My original plans for a cross-country journey have shifted; I realized my time frame, state of mind, and purpose are not conducive to such a long trek. New plans are to boot around the state of Minnesota in search of the perfect back roads. This limitation will help me focus on slowing down: to enjoy the ride rather than worry about hitting my next destination at a clipped pace. I'll be able to camp and write for days if I choose to.

I've lived in MN for over six years now and still haven't seen most of the state: the boundary waters area, the north shore, and southern cities are ripe with roads ready two wheels and a pen.