lesson planning

Decide what to do; decide what you are doing; get lost. Social change is effected most efficiently, or at least pleasantly, when all three happen at once.


Setting out the objectives and tactics in ways that are open and plain (write a script in six weeks about X; let’s all get together and make discourse on Y; okay you’re the soldier and you’re the paper crane – go), frequently stalls out from fear of promoting personal accountability. The personal is discriminatory – there is this person as distinct (diverse) from that person. This distinction can take the form of industrial role (director, writer), hierarchy (leader, follower), or linear sequence (first you, then you…). Many of us are uncomfortable with the industrial, hierarchical, linear – yet we are making a thing of distinct value that unfolds in time. In working collaboratively we are asking for the wedding of the uncommon self to the common project, with all loss accruing to the uncommon, giving over immediate with-ness to the portability of language – from experience to signs (never as complete as the experience, but – more powerful – and in fact, the word, the work, once out there, can be read back by the person into the personal, inscribing the experience with and power beyond itself: the experience reads itself as experience and becomes public, is architectural, affords shelter and claims space).


The trick in the end is evasion or duende (Lorca) – to be a self for others (Ignatius, another Spanish mystic) – where a manifesto/manifesting of the personal is deeply, at cause, the public. Even hermits show themselves as hermits (attaching to the wall of the town, or populating a mapped Hermitlandia).


Much as we don’t want to speak, especially speak for, especially speak from trauma or on behalf of untranslatable experience – we are ourselves in translation; the drama of ourselves is in the loss of our ownership of experience – the distance between what we are sure of individually/axiomatically, and what we aver socially/hypothetically – the action, the state of change between the two.

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