Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hell withem if they can't take a joke.

Classical philosophy was not said to begin until the
mind was blown (nirvana: “he blows!”): categories
castigated, classifications castrated, terms of desire
doused, beliefs & biases bowdlerized, prejudices
paddled, convictions spanked,assumptions chastened
with a stick so as to be stunned stupid: HA! just right for study.
This excruciating process of deconstruction was
called ELENCHUS, and the state of MINDING
ultimately attained: APORIA—no pores, no passage,
no exit. A consummation devoutly to be desired
& prerequisite to the practice of philosophy.
Hardly ever reached, however. You can imagine
the resistance. All the sparkling dialogue going on
and on by Socrates and his peripatetic colleagues
ending in whimpers, cicadae crackling overhead.
Not philosophy —only the prelude: prior to the ludic (HA!)
which commences when there’s no ground & not a leg to
stand on.
& it’s turtles all the way down (Tasso) to in-the-beginnngs
of philosophy, origins originating originally; authors
authorizing authority authoritatively.

YEK : Indo European meaning “to speak” :"jewel,"
"jocose," "jocular," "juggler," jeopardy," "joke" --
all in the yek family, sibling rivals.

“The construction and payoff of jokes and the
 construction and payoff of philosophical  concepts
are made of the same stuff. They  tease the mind
in similar ways. That’s because  philosophy and
jokes proceed from the same impulse: to confound
our sense of the way things are, to flip our worlds
upside down, and to ferret-out hidden, often
 uncomfortable, truths about life. What the philosopher
calls an insight. the gagster calls a zinger.”
(Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein: Plato and a
Platypus Walk into a Bar...)

There ought to be clowns; send in the jokers.
jesters, jugglers, fools.

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