In our efforts to a grammar or map, finding the balance between exactitude and the ethically inert.
“A grammar is that which enables a community to judge correctly,” a technique/technology of imagination; imagination as technique/craft.
Beware on the one hand an adoration of technique – “The logic of bourgeoisie formation.” A tendency toward hyper-management.
On the other hand, in our plays, are we so wickedly accurate with our lampoon or artifactual commemoration that we exclude energy forward (leave our audiences with nothing to do)? We are sometimes more accurate about location than velocity? A map made up only of “you are here now.”
Ideally, we navigate, and navigate beyond the map into real experience – a per the Tunisian revolution, where “The thinking is concomitant with events.”
Fanon – music teaches “timely thinking.” Aristotle – “rhythm is essential for virtue.”
Motion, rhythm, trumps the map; we do not move for the map’s sake. Baldwin on Jazz – “absolutely essential that the description not be decoded.”
To the problem of excessive accuracy, Borges: Of Exactitude and Science. Connectivity is an insufficient end, and can wind up swamping particular connections and their operations in themselves.
Of Exactitude in Science
– Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares
…In that Empire, the craft of Cartography attained such Perfection that the Map of a Single province covered the space of an entire City, and the Map of the Empire itself an entire Province. In the course of Time, these Extensive maps were found somehow wanting, and so the College of Cartographers evolved a Map of the Empire that was of the same Scale as the Empire and that coincided with it point for point. Less attentive to the Study of Cartography, succeeding Generations came to judge a map of such Magnitude cumbersome, and, not without Irreverence, they abandoned it to the Rigors of sun and Rain. In the western Deserts, tattered Fragments of the Map are still to be found, Sheltering an occasional Beast or beggar; in the whole Nation, no other relic is left of the Discipline of Geography.