Babel of Tongues: The Need for a New Language of Thought

Can poetry lead us to a new country?

Southern Nights

Reading several critical works brings me back to a notion I’ve had for some time: all the past narratives (Freud, Marx, Philosophy, Science, Economics, etc.) no longer capture the state of affairs in our time… the stories they tell, and we tell each other: the metaphors they use, the whole complex system of relations they use to capture what we are experiencing in our day to day lives, and even the global shift of relations across the world itself, are useless to most people. They no longer speak to us, give us the meaning or context within which we can relate to ourselves or others. So we wander from abstraction to abstraction, unable to relate to one another because each of us is an assemblage of competing systems of thought that no longer relate across systems. Therefore we’re in that crash space the Scott Bakker is always describing… unable to speak to each…

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