The quality and character may be different, but can the ideas of a man really be more essential than the blazing light of a sun?
Writes Neil Kramer in his latest essay, Avocados and Dogma.
And, on days such as this one – when it’s been raining since before dawn and the searing Joburg heat has turned suddenly to chilly damp and your consciousness is so altered by the weather that you’re sleeping and eating and seeing motion out of the corner of your eye constantly- on such a day your mind becomes grey foggy sky and ideas move widely but blurrily through the brainways.
I have been taking some of my cherished notions out for a trot around the block, in the last week. Not just on this blog, but also in real time, so to speak. I’m finding that perhaps I’m really more invested in other people’s notion than I thought.
Radical Feminism and Deep Green Resistance are two examples which spring to the fore. Both detain me within their ideological folds more than is strictly necessary. And, despite my protestations of not being doctrinaire, I think I need a little more of conclusions which are really, really my own and less of what someone else thinks I should be getting upset about.
Not that there aren’t some good and true notions of authenticity within those two fields. There are plenty, and they bear repeating fairly often. Like – as a species, Patriarchal humanity is destroying its own landbase. But some of the apparent corollaries to these notions are maybe…not so true. So it would be a fine idea if I quit being quite so lazy and thought some of these idea-trains through to their various delta-like termini.
With my own brain.
This, I believe, is what is known as Walking Your Own Path.