Thursday, March 22, 2007
A quote on our wiring for Andrew K. Peterson.
"Like a pearl diver who descends to the bottom of the sea, not to excavate the bottom and bring it to light but to pry loose the rich and the strange, the pearls and the coral in the depths, and to carry them to the surface, this thinking delves into the depths of the past--but not in order to resucitate it the way it was and to contribute to the renewal of extinct ages. What guides this thinking is the conviction that although the living is subject to the ruin of time, the process of decay is at the same time a proces of crystallization, that in the depth of the sea, into which sinks and is disolved what once was alive, some things 'suffer a sea change' and survive in new crystallized forms and shapes that remain immune to the elements, as though they waited only for the pearl diver who will one day come down to them and bring them up into the world of the living--as 'thought fragments' as something 'rich and strange,' and perhaps even as everlasting Urphenomenon."--Hannah Arendt on Walter Benjamin.