If nothing exists, there can be no consciousness: a consciousness with nothing to be conscious of is a contradiction in terms. A consciousness conscious of nothing but itself is a contradiction in terms: before it could identify itself as consciousness, it had to be conscious of something. If that which you claim to perceive does not exist, what you possess is not consciousness. – Ayn Rand
This week I was tasked to establish personal design agenda. Meanwhile, I received a reading excerpt on The Aesthetics of Silence from ‘Styles of Radical Will’ by Susan Sontag. I find that to be pleasantly a reciprocal exercises, albeit they may not be directly related. Which leads me to ranting for the next few minutes about the existences of philosophy in one’s modus operandi.
Having no philosophy is still having philosophy.
Philosophy is loosely associated to objective, mission, principle, manifesto, belief, reason, ideology and perspective. What if we just do something of our interest and out of the love in making, be it individually or collectively, as long as we are conscious of our actions and not causing any harm or threats. Resist feeling uneasy to be an odd one out if you don’t live by any philosophy. Having no philosophy doesn’t equate to having no purpose. Yes, philosophy drives us to think, investigate and question everything, yada yada yada. I see it as a mode for narrative reasoning. In any case whatsoever, don’t ever try to force philosophy into what you do or how you live if you think that is going to make you sound smart. HELL NO! Chill, having no philosophy is still having philosophy.Silence doesn’t exist in a literal sense, however, as the experience of an audience. It would mean that the spectator was aware of no stimulus or that he was unable to ma can of his own greet ke a response. But this can’t happen, nor it even be induced programmatically. The non-awareness of any stimulus, the inability to make a response, can result only from a defective presence on the part of the spectator, or a misunderstanding of his own reactions (misled by restrictive ideas about what would be a ‘relevant’ response). As long as audiences, by definition, consist of sentient beings in a situation, it is impossible for them to have no response at all. ² (…) As John Cage (who wrote Silence: Lectures and Writings) has insisted,”There is no such thing as silence. Something is always happening that makes a sound.” He has described how, even in a soundless chamber, you still heard two things: high heartbeat and the coursing of the blood in your head. Similarly, there is no such thing as empty space. As long as a human eye is looking, there is always something to see. To look at something which is “empty is still to be looking, still to be seeing something – if only the ghosts of one’s own expectations.²
Talk less. Think more. Do even more.
We can talk all day about philosophy. But if a design doesn’t work, it just doesn’t work. There seems to be no point dwelling within philosophy any longer. Let’s ‘Talk less. Think more. Do even more.’
¹ Rand, A. (1990). Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (2nd ed.). Peikoff, L. & Binswanger, H. (Eds.). New York: Penguin Group.
² Sontag, S. (1966). ‘The Aesthetics of Silence’ from Styles of Radical Will (pp. 3 – 34). New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.