The Choice to Choose
Trauma and Philosophy Blog
by Frank Seeburger
2M ago
Authentic reality only becomes visible when one is finally left with no other choice but to choose, at last and for the very first time, truly to have a choice. That is the point of breakdown of all duplicity, most especially duplicity toward oneself, not just to others. Only when one finally arrives at such a crossroads — such a turning point, such a jumping off place — where one is truly faced for the first time ever with genuinely and fully making the choice to choose, and not just to remain the plaything of all the forces that try to force one to go one way or another. Søren Kierkegaard sa ..read more
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Changing Times, Changing Lives
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by Frank Seeburger
2M ago
Come gather 'round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You'll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin' And you better start swimmin' Or you'll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin'                         — Bob Dylan, “The Times, They Are a- Changin’ ” Along with our times, our lives today are indeed “a-changing,” to borrow that term from Bob Dylan’s famous old song. Our current times t ..read more
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Dread and Astonishment
Trauma and Philosophy Blog
by Frank Seeburger
3M ago
Both the dreadful and the astonishing shock those who encounter them. In that regard, the dreadful and the astonishing are the same. However, the shock involved is as radically different as possible in the two cases. Let us consider each in turn, beginning with the dreadful. *     *     * dread (v.): late 12c., "to fear very much, be in shrinking apprehension or expectation of," a shortening of Old English adrædan, contraction of ondrædan "counsel or advise against," also "to dread, fear, be afraid," from ond-, and- "agains ..read more
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The Invaluable
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by Frank Seeburger
3M ago
[…]the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.                                                                          ..read more
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The Wear and Tear of Loving Usage
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by Frank Seeburger
4M ago
The Skin Horse had lived longer in the nursery than any of the others. He was so old that his brown coat was bald in patches and showed the seams underneath, and most of the hairs in his tail had been pulled out to string bead necklaces. He was wise, for he had seen a long succession of mechanical toys arrive to boast and swagger, and by-and-by break their mainsprings and pass away, and he knew that they were only toys, and would never turn into anything else. For nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse u ..read more
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Keeping Things Handy
Trauma and Philosophy Blog
by Frank Seeburger
4M ago
Note to my readers: I am putting up this post today in honor and memory of my father, who was born three days from now in 1910, on the Fourteenth of March — or “the Mourteenth of Farch,” as he always liked jokingly to put it. “A place for everything and everything in its place.” That is an old saying. My father sometimes used it to encourage my brother and me to put his tools away where they belonged when we were done with them. Once we finished using any of those tools, we were to put them back in his toolbox, our garage, our closets, or other storage spaces he and my mother had built or des ..read more
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Capitalism, Fascism, and the Essence of Modern Technology
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by Frank Seeburger
5M ago
Not without reason does modern monopolistic capitalism support the National Socialist and fascist reaction. This reaction is to help beat down any resistance of the working masses, in order to set up a realm of industrial serfdom in which productive man is to be regarded merely as an economic automaton without any influence whatsoever on the course and character of economic and social conditions. This Caesarean madness stops at no barrier. Without compunction it rides rough shod over those achievements of the past which have all too often had to be purchased with the heart’s blood of the peop ..read more
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Dwelling-Crafts II: Crafting Habits for Inhabiting Dwellings
Trauma and Philosophy Blog
by Frank Seeburger
5M ago
Dwellings are places to dwell, habitations to inhabit. The two words, ‘dwellings’ and ‘habitations,’ mean the same thing. Accordingly, I could have made the subtitle to this piece “Crafting Habits for Inhabiting Habitations.” As a matter of fact, that — “Crafting Habits for Inhabiting Habitations” —  was one version of the title for this post that I at one point crafted for it. Crafting and then recrafting titles, as well as everything else that I write — just as I have been busy for quite a while writing, then rewriting again and again, this first section of this very post —  have b ..read more
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Dwelling-Crafts I: Crafts for Crafting Dwellings
Trauma and Philosophy Blog
by Frank Seeburger
6M ago
A great storyteller will always be rooted in the people, primarily among craftsmen. But just as the artisan class encompassed the worlds of peasants, sailors, and city dwellers in the various stages of their economic and technical developments, there is a great divergence of concepts in which their experiences are reflected.                                        — Walter Benjamin[1] The sort of storytelling t ..read more
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The Flow of Resentment (Copy)
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by Frank Seeburger
7M ago
While all noble morality grows out of a triumphant saying of Yes to oneself, slave-morality begins by saying No to an “outside,” to an “other,” to a “not-oneself”: and this No is its creative deed. This inversion of the evaluating glance — this necessary looking elsewhere instead of back upon oneself —  just belongs to resentment: in order to arise, slave-morality always needs a counter- and outer-world; put psychologically, it needs external stimulation in order to act at all — its fundamental action is reaction. The reverse is the case with the noble way of evaluating: it acts and gr ..read more
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