Monday, August 10, 2009

Become an agent and not remain a patient

[Re: David Hutchinson, Debashish Banerji and Rich Carlson Respond to Sraddhalu
Debashish on Mon 27 Jul 2009 10:32 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link Forgive me, but I believe almost all of the people who are supporting the cause of the author and the book on this blog also consider themselves to be sadhaks.]

[It isn't that I try to put "spiritual ideas into contemporary language." I think of myself as an agent within a contemporary discourse. To become an agent and not remain a patient one has to internalize this text and participate in it out of one's consciousness. Re: Slavoj Žižek - A Lacanian Plea for Fundamentalism (8/9) Debashish Wed 05 Aug 2009 10:32 AM PDT]

Long years of scarcity economy has had its toll on thinking as lack of publishing opportunities throttled writing ventures. We value and are used to silence. The economics of publishing silenced us further. More silence followed to conceal ignorance and mediocrity. Absence of a vibrant discursive environment can be said to be the prime reason behind the conflagration of the Heehs imbroglio raging throughout the past year.

The initial set of letters expressing resentment against the book were modeled on somehow a notion of finality. They were verdicts, as it were, without, of course, any hearing, the consequences of which proved, to our own chagrin and injury, too tragic.

The much needed comments and clarifications came later, documents were made available online, a kind of dialogue was attempted; but by then the damage had already been done. Had the sequence been the other way round, much bad blood could have been prevented. Thinking would have flourished in a more congenial atmosphere. [TNM]

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