Friday December 28th 2012
A Western Mind is a description of a mind imbedded
within Western Ideas. A product of culture, or perhaps of cruel
disciplining through Peer Review. This is not to say that a
Western Mind is somehow anatomically distinct from, let's call it an
Eastern Mind, or a Southern Mind, or a mind that falls somewhere in the
middle of any one of many points of the compass. Or, as someone
once put it, "An Individual is a million people divided by a million."
I would say also, that it's possible to think of a Medieval European
Mind, a Stone Age Mind and on it would go into a Literary Mind, a
Tasmanian Mind, a Fulfillment Center Mind, all the way back to an
Individual's Mind, or what might be called, "that part of mind
which is the product of a particular one million divided by a million."
If I call it a Western Mind, or a Stone Age
Mind, or any one of many points on a compass Mind, I am more inclined to
think of it as a set of Stone Pillars within a Cathedral around which the
faithful gather, or at least persuade others to gather. If I think of
it in terms of, "a million divided by a million," I see less of a
Cathedral and the confidence of solid Stone Pillars, and more of a "mingle,"
which I agree is a truly unpleasant word that has in it the suggestion of a
high moisture content and stickiness between people that inevitably leads to
insanity of behaviors, cocktails and the end of the world as we know
it. But, because of these exasperating intersections within this
rambling curve "mingle," of the two ways of conceptualizing whatever it is
the Western Mind, or The Stone Age Mind, or any one of many points on a
compass Mind represents, I have to say that "the product of a particular one
million divided by a million," is a more accurate representation of how
minds are attached to adjectives.