02 January 2013

Starting Over, A Challenge

Epistemologically, it is not possible to observe, perceive or experience reality without a framework for interpreting the meaning of the raw sensory experience of observation, perception or experience. History is therefore like the geology of the Earth in which our understanding of our experiences is the sedimental foundation for the next layer of sediment. As the weight of history builds, that sediment is compressed until it lithifies into rock. As other processes outside our sedimentary processes continue to occur and move us into different directions, trajectories and locations, the rock fissures and faults and soon the seemingly solid surface of the present is broken in which layers of sediment and rock are now exposed and subjected to weathering in which deeper layers of rock are exposed.

From this perspective, there have been many errors, regrets, missed opportunities -- mostly because of a lack of information, knowledge, understanding or awareness. I don't think a clean slate is possible -- in its literal or metaphorical sense (and addressing nothing to Bergson's paradoxes directly). It is precisely the slow sedimentation process of the ever receding past pushing down on itself that creates the clean slate of the present. In sum, it is the present to which I look to building my future past. Or, in the words of Kubler-Ross, should you shield the canyons from the windstorms, you would never see the beauty of their carvings.


1 comment:

  1. This is beautiful.

    Here's to being the strongest sedimentary rock possible! :D

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