(current thoughts on a reductionist rational approach to utility)
what is my use?
can this be defined?
if so is this exclusive?
if this definition of a person or a thing’s use is not comprehensive then how is this definition useful?
any statement of the usefulness of a person or a thing is a selective paraphrasing of an epic written since the very beginning
definitions and importance given to the usefulness of a person or a thing illuminate the agenda of the source
a tree cleans the air
provides shade on a sunny day and shelter from the rain
a tree can have a swing attached to a branch for children to play
is that all?
the uses are endless and listing them meaningless
unless useful to
a plumber is useful if the toilet is blocked
a person is a plumber
this person is never only a plumber
plumber is not a definition of a person
but merely a minute fragment of the contribution of a person
we are not what we do
we are not what we contribute
we are not how others define us
neither is a tree
neither is a bee
neither is a cat
and the list of exceptions is as infinite as the nature of those on the list
lots of useful stuff
This is where the joy lives
this uselessness is what I am
All of it
I am foolish
to imprint meaning
essentiality is impossible
even if I can perceive all of the infinite dimensions which I am part of
I still will be a piece of this all
a wondrous junkyard of meaningless potentiality
I respect in this parade
somehow my uselessness in no way cancels out this respect
nor does it offer a malignant licence to destroy
A useless machine by Jean Tinguely
a mechanism of balance has a physical attribute akin to kindness
the point of equilibrium is shared
the heavy makes space for the light
the interaction of one material to another can seem unkind
is a sustainable system kind?
soft and hard become one through their meeting
if steel did without brass it would move less smoothly
gears mesh kindly
gifting movement to each other
if gears do not mesh then is this less kind?
is kindness able to be a mechanical principle?
kindness is a deep acknowledgement through actions of the position and presence of others
without self awareness can kindness be?
kindness is how this human can engage with and understand the world observed
is kindness the action of respect?
kindness is a working methodology
kindness is an efficiency
kindness is an acknowledgement
rather than the denial
of the perceived actual
of a kind
sharing my kind
the other is as I am
of the same kind
How they be
Within the same unit
Ants are one body
A single entity
Big as one hundred elephants
Each ant follows a separate path
All is unpredictable
This massive body
Each part moving of its own
One will perish
Thousands will continue
Many of these over rough terrain
Is the elephant
Each part to another
A bowl of porridge
Is the elephant
Each ingredient becomes
More like porridge than a car
Unless crashed into the ocean
into a soup
The machine is a text
reading a machine
it is fluid
what are objects
The text is a machine
manufactured on mass
and over again
in a factory
of human hands and bodies
then in service
now resting here
this is time travel
reaching with my hands
the past here
In this poem (early 1950s) Bertolt Brecht expresses that the technical and functional happenings in the transformation of the staging are to be given to the view of the audience, if they lean back on their seats.
The choice belongs to the viewer in their dynamic action of viewing.
The peace dove by “brother” Pablo Picasso is to be painted onto the curtain (or in the case of the photo below embroidered). This action treats the work of this artist as an open-source visual devise, rather than as the original creation of a genius-art-god.
Art here is a collectively shared method, transparent in its performance and shared between people as members of the same uniting family.
Togetherness rather than exclusivity.