Wednesday, August 09, 2006
In a book by Michel Foucault called ' Tecnologies of the self ' he explains the processes by which western philosophy and religion have tried to solve those existential riddles that lie between the poles of one's own mind. It's funny how in most cases these tecnologies to figure oneself out rely on tortuous, sensoring and painful processes that somehow are supposed to bring an internal light or thruth out. But actually these rituals or exercises have tamed and constrained the limits of our will and imagination all through history and have resulted in making us the perfect canvas for robotic-non-critical masterpieces . It seems to me that we have inherited an outdated fear of the freedom and power latent in our brains and it would be nice that we got over it. Religion and (maybe to a less extent) philosophy should either grow out of that kind of notions or simply disappear. Maybe un-learning 'how to think' is a good start.