Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

We Dance, We Act, Mistakes are Backwards Projections

Sometimes, mistakes are things we can only paint retroactively on things, sometimes not only do we not have the knowledge at the time to decide if something is a mistake, but more interestingly, something only can be understood in that light based on determining which way the tides will go. As theories and ideas become more refined, there are points where one could legitimately go either way by the logic of the day, and that decision shapes social realities to the degree that it later provides a context for judging the original act or thought. Some time back, I was going to make a controversial post, elaborating on why, if I found myself in the appropriate historical time, knowing what I know now, I would consider it proper to kill/remove a certain historical figure. I didn't post it because I wanted to make sure my thoughts on the matter were well-considered and justified - one of the unusual parts of the time-machine thought experiment, popular as it is, is that actually removing people (moving them elsewhere or killing them) doesn't involve normal considerations of justice for what they did do so much as what they will do (a topic explored in the film "Minority Report"). In retrospect, while I think that said figure had innumerable harmful effects and represented something that was a threat to something great and worthwhile, I'm not sure if I could properly understand how things would've been different if they had never been, improvement in which is the crux of the argument for removing them.

Another mistake of mine was to think that I had read Kundera's Immortality - I have not, and it is a joy, as always, to read a new Kundera book. It's almost like looking at the face of someone one has a crush on..

I regret that with the great authors, I didn't discover them earlier. I can understand how Kundera's writings might be seen as inappropriate to recommend to people too young, but I'd (respectfully) disagree - while things like Naked Lunch (the book) have a merit that's very difficult to grasp without a lot of effort and a good number of years, Kundera is much more accessible - I think having a good discussion on any of his works would be prime material for High School English. Sometime soon, I'll draw up a list of authors and books I can generally recommend to people who like good literature, and will hope to get interesting advice in return. I wonder -- if book clubs were introduced to youth at an earlier age, would society be much more literate? More cohesive?

I'm pondering getting another LJ account to restart my futureblogging, if I should try to use a community to do that, or if I should just post that stuff on - if I do get another LJ account, I'd be doing it on my blog platform and enable the LJ mirroring for it too... Hmm.


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