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Sandbox: On absolutely silly shit

Sandbox posts are rough ideas - posts of writing from notebooks and partial answers to various questions. They are not done, and I suspect they might from time to time contain real errors of thinking and writing. But I want to put them here to expose them to the world and see what that does. Because if I wait for a thought to be complete it will never emerge. Comments more then welcome.

One of the tricks of Dedicated to the Revolutions (DttR) is syncing (reconciling) some of the big idea thinking with  the often absurd, stupid and/or plain silly stuff that happens on stage.

White board from MaRS residency

But in this trouble of explaining is something important to me – part of the big idea itself.

To find a big thinking that includes the silly – one a little different from the “absurdism” of the fifties and the Dada of the 30’s - both of which are bleaker and more absolute then what I’m interested in – too close to nihilism / hedonism. That there is silliness and positive movement [1]– that we can recognize and create absurdity and impossibility – and enjoy them – and move on them. (That is, not thinking that everything is absurd or impossible and therefore we shouldn’t act)

Absurdity can paralyze but it doesn’t need to.

And positive action doesn’t need to rule out or ignore absurdity and silliness. And the holding up of apparently contradictory positions is one of my desires and part of DttR

there is nothing terrible radical in this within the history of anything but to put together disperate things - not in collage or to create synthesis - but to propose that they beloing to the same system - and while that’s tricky, unclear, provisional, temporary and fluid (all those protection words) it is something we can talk about -

something we can sense (our senses can identify) silliness/big ideas art/science irony/sincerity all of these things are present and that’s not paradoxical - it’s just true.

[1] this is not “positivism”

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