However, in the sixth Theses on Feuerbach (1845), Marx criticizes the traditional conception of human nature as a species which incarnates itself in each individual, instead arguing that the conception of human nature is formed by the totality of social relations. Thus, the whole of human nature is not understood, as in classical idealist philosophy, as permanent and universal: the species-being is always determined in a specific social and historical formation, with some aspects being biological.
This shows how Marx is not part of the individualism – not surprising as individualism is something that arises most fully in the capitalist era. The roots are there in Christianity and Buddhism. It is with Marx we see a shift in consciousness.
This is part of a current wave of meditation I seem to be going through on human nature. I’ve been stuck by the two essentialisms: Humans are inherently greed or inherently good. Marx’s idea is very freeing… Humans are a product of their social conditions. And it makes sense of his thinking that different classes produce different ideas. Ideas grow out of practice in social conditions.
This is such a flawed way of seeing it – Pinker!
Moreno – roles create the personality. (Lynette Clayton)
Hendrix – the self is born in relationship.
It also relates to “truth” we find it in the ‘theatre of truth’ – theatre is social. Esp psychodrama.
The Hero’s Journey Podcast‘s next effort will be The American President. I’ll watch it and make notes here, hopefully *before* they do the podcast. Watch this space.
This is the guide I use while watching:
I’m a fan. I get his newsletter and calendars.
Look at this beautifully crafted blog post. Inspiring in content and also in form. This would win a blog Oscar if there were one.
Such a simple point. Do a little art everyday. Presented by a thousand art coaches, but here it is fresh and inspiring.
Now on a more personal more. I committed to work on my art book 15 minutes a day in January. Managed that for about 28 of the 31.
At day 28 I got tired. But more than that I got stuck. I wish I’d read his post then, but never mind, back on the wagon.
The interesting thing is that the book is about the hero’s journey. If you read Austin’s post you will see that he does not like the word journey for the art process. Making art is not linear.
But then again there is a pattern.
Once you are in that “special world” there is really no turning back and going forward there are just tests and ordeals. Until you get through, till you are on the road back.
No way am I through with my project. I’m facing tests and ordeals. And here is a page I’ve got of just that.
This is reflexive moment on the journey. I’m illustrating the trouble I’m in. Back to groundhog day.
BTW there are plenty of blog awards. One blogger of the year features the slogan Eat, Sleep, Blog, Repeat.
In 2012 I wrote this post:
Indeed why do I have these two blogs – the other one http://www.walterlogeman.com/art is about art and art online. My art.
I’m thinking of importing that one into this one – but found it quite hard to do it. It is an identity thing. I’m more a psychodrama person than a Psyberspace person these days. Dropped psychotherapy online. But is it an art blog? I’m wring a book called D R A M A http://www.walterlogeman.com/art/new-art-project/
It is not that I’m importing one blog into another – I’m integrating two identities I have. I think it will be good for me!
Some categories to fix, and that is it. ONE
Now what to call the site?
Psyberspace (that can stay) Walter Logeman’s Journal
And the details & history can go in the new About
Later Monday 29 Jan 18
Also found this on the integration theme
Podcast: Speech Bubbles: Understanding Comics with Scott McCloud
Great. Inspiring. Here is the blurb
Cartoonist and theorist Scott McCloud has been making and thinking about comics for decades. He is the author of Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. This classic volume explores formal aspects of comics, the historical development of the medium, its fundamental vocabulary, and various ways in which these elements have been used.
Scott McCloud breaks down some of the universals in comics and guides us through some of the comic books that pushed the art form forward. Then we use that lens to look at graphic communication in the world at large.
Speech Bubbles: Understanding Comics with Scott McCloud
Just discovered Kōji. Wow. I love this stuff.
PS . Putting art stuff here now. Art Blog http://www.walterlogeman.com/art hacked. Might keep that going afterall its all psyche in cyberspace.
This is an excellent article in the Socialist worker on mental health.
One major point is that the health services are inaccessible to most who need them.
Related to the capitalistic neo-liberalism that is at the heart of that is a bigger cultur
Call of the Reed Warbler
Very impressed by this guy.
Listened to him being interviewed here:
An agricultural insurgency — Thursday 11 January 2018
This all sounds too good to be true. But I do trust him!
Looks like we can manage the anthropocene.