I hadn’t done any work today and it’s 3am and I felt bad so I decided to write my personal statement for postgrad and, as I write it, it seems like I’ve been so indecisive; from a BTec in Photography to a BA in Photography to a BA English with Creative Writing to a BA English with Media to – hopefully –an MA in Philosophy
but it makes for quite a nice story arc which is p useful for writing about
The true joiner accords himself with the hidden plenitude of the wood’s essence, and not with the tool and the use value. But with the hidden plenitude insofar as it enters inhabited space (I stress here this value of place or site for reasons that will appear later), and inhabited by man. There is no craft, métier, of the joiner with this correspondence between the essence of the wood and the essence of man as the being who inhabits. In German métier is said Handwerk, work of the hand, handiwork, handling, if not maneuver [sic]. When the French must translate Handwerk by métier, perhaps that is legitimate and cannot be avoided, but it is a bad maneuver, a poor craft of translation, because in it the hand is lost. And reintroduced in that translation is what Heidegger wants to avoid, the service rendered, utility, the office, the ministerium, from which, I believe, the word métier comes. Handwerk, the noble métier, is a manual métier that is not ordered, like any other profession, to public use or interest in pursuit or profit. This noble métier, as Handwerk, will also be that of the thinker or the teacher who teaches thinking. Without this accord with the essence of the wood, itself accorded to man’s dwelling, the activity would be empty. It would remain just activity (Beschäftigung) orientated by trade (Geschäft), commerce, and the taste for profit. Implicit, the hierarchizing and the evaluation are no less clear: on the one hand, but also above, towards the best, handiwork (Handwerk) guided by the essence of the human dwelling, by the wood of the hut [la hûte] rather than by metal of the glass of cities; on the other hand, but also below, the activity that cuts the hand off from the essential, useful activity, utilitarianism guided by capital.
"The painter does not paint on an empty canvas, and neither does the writer write on a blank page; but the page or canvas is already so covered with preexisting, preestablished clichés that it is necessary to erase, to clean, to flatten, even to shred, so as to let in a breath of air from the chaos that brings us the vision."
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, What is Philosophy? (via heteroglossia)
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