Thursday, December 30, 2010

Disneyland dream

Fir, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

Lamps, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

View, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

Snow, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

I don't have much to say, so I'm referring to The New York Times, which published an intriguing article on the so-called American dream, under the title Who Killed the Disneyland Dream? What caught my eye was the following on page 2 of the article: "In 2010, our system incentivizes high-stakes gambling — “this business of securitizing things that didn’t even exist in the first place,” as Calvin Trillin memorably wrote last year — rather than the rebooting and rebuilding of America."

In the Middle Ages our philosophers started to think where there exists such a thing as "sheepness", or whether there are just individual sheep. In other words, whether the category of sheep exists outside the individual specimens which belong to that category.

And now we are building our civilization on such categories, and derivaties of categories, and derivatives of those derivates, and so on, ad nauseatum. The power of abstraction. Terrifying.

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