Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Violets Tear It Away

The Violets Tear it Away

It is all too often forgotten that the ancient symbol for the
prenascence  of the world is a fool, and that foolishness,
being a divine state, is not a condition to be either
proud or ashamed of.        (G. Spencer Brown. Laws of Form)

Penelope undid daily weaving night after night to forestall
men urgent to  replace Ulysses: his voyage  round  the world
seemingly never-ending. 

“Wait’ll I’m done with my tapestry,”  said Penelope.
 “Then I’ll choose.”  Penelope primordialized  prior to bed.

Penelope practiced anti-Penelope prayer, a prenascence not to
be confused with renaissance: un-weaving her weave all
over again: zero-basing  back to old scratch.

Eventually Ulysses appears & clears the house. Ecological cleansing:
un-sustaining un-sustainable sustainabilities  sustaining unsustainable

Primordial &  Pre-nascent before the first  stitch in time so to speak:
prior to word,  division, glad tidings: divinity not quite yet dividing
a place to draw a distinction.

The Violent Bear it Away

“A universe comes into being when  a  space is severed
or taken apart. This skin of a living being cuts off an
 outside from an inside

By tracing the way we re-present such a severance, we begin to
reconstruct, with an accuracy & coverage almost uncanny,
the basic forms under-lying linguistic, mathematical,
physical, and biological science, and begin to see
how the familiar laws ofour own experience follow
inexorably from the original  act of severance.

They run after the  farmer’s wife; she
cuts off their taleswith a  carving knife. 

To articulate:

originally a  butcher’s
ability to separate the
beast at the joints with
minimum blood & gristle.

Cleavage at the cross
roads, tuxedo junctions:
art & artifice fitting &
refitting, weave & re-
weaving rates & ratios,
reading rites and
arithmetic: all beget,
begat, begot  at the joint
where severance &
connection are Siamese
twins & the same deal
called thinking.

The act is itself already remembered,
even if unconsciously, as our first
attempt to distinguish different things
in a world, where, in the first place,
the boundaries can be drawn anywhere
we please.

At this stage the universe cannot be
distinguished from how we act upon it,
and the world may seem like shifting
sand beneath our feet.

It is this condensation which gives the
symbol its power. For in mathematics,
as in other disciplines, the power of a
system resides in it’s ELEGANCE
          (literally, its capacity
          to  pick out, or elect),

which is achieved by condensing as is
needed into as little as is needed and so
making that little as free from irrelevance
(or from elaboration) as is allowed by the
necessity of writing it out and reading it in  
with ease and without error. (81)

(G. Spencer Brown. Laws of Form, re-
formatted and configured to fit my screed”)

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