Tuesday April 2nd 2019Tim
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.