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Tuesday April 2nd 2019Tim Candler9


    As I understand it, Bricolage is the French word for Do-it-yourself. There's a certain loveliness to the word bricolage. To my Anglo-Saxon ear it doesn't sound as though you'd want to climb a bricolage ladder, but no doubt you'd have to be very familiar with the French language to get a sense of nuances of the French for Do-It-Yourself, and possibly too in the English expression, Do-It-yourself, there are sectors of the English Speaking social fabric that have very little faith in the workmanship of those of us who do-it-themselves. Nonetheless difficult to get round the distinction between engaging in a little do-it-yourself and engaging in a little bricolage. There are two words from an Ancient Greek poet which it would appear from existentialist literature deserve considerable consideration in the attempt to understand what the poet was on about.  The basic sentence these two words appear in runs something like this. "Is useful: the laying down before us so taking to heart too."  Might sound jumbled, but it's the meanings in the words that count, rather than how the sentence reads through our ears and confuses whatever part of our brain deals with language.



      The 'laying down' and the 'taking to heart' part are the two words at issue. If you can decipher the sentence as all happening in the now, happening always, the 'is useful' as opposed to 'it is useful' begins to make a little sense. The laying down and the taking to heart are connected with a 'so.' No suggestion of a 'so as to,' just a 'so' which is confirmed with the 'too' at the end of the sentence. One offering is, the 'taking to heart' and the 'laying down' are intimate to the point of being un-separated. Within the meaning of the sentence the two words without being the same thing, there is not one without the other, belong together, should be thought of as conjoined. Laying down, setting out and taking to heart. And it's 'taking to heart,' not something like pleasing or unpleasing to the heart. The question arises why the obsession. The obsession is an attempt to answer the question "What calls us to think?" The point being, it's very difficult for us people not to be there when we're remotely conscious. And while it might be that when we're conscious we're setting things out and taking them to heart, and the thing that calls us to do this might enter the definition of 'Being.' Not an answer, rather a way of thinking about the problem of what being is.


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