The Blessings of Clarity

The ever mysterious Dwight Towers sent me this link a few days ago. The Feral Scholar has been consistently interesting, I only wish he made it easier to “follow” his blog. I’m spoiled by the follow button!

I find in this post a veritable manifesto, and an integrating analysis of so much that I’ve come to cover here at Horizons of Significance. Instead of attempting to duplicate his effort, I want to urge you to read his. It’s a long piece, but I think the level and pace of insight to be discovered there, along with the resolve this should help breed in us, as an antidote to the traps of futility these insights illuminate for us, should carry you through to the end!

What is covered in his post is an example of the blessings of clarity, what makes our disillusionment potentially joyful.

Illich, Boyd, Bohm, and Krishnamurti have been prophets. But what’s been lacking – besides the effects of an efficient marginalization that has kept them virtually out of sight for so long! Has been the opportunity for a wider clarity to develop around their critiques, an opportunity that confirms their prophecies. If we stand on the shoulders of giants it’s because all of the intervening suffering has brought us to this moment of clarity. I thank the Feral Scholar for synthesizing so much, and so well, in this post.

7 thoughts on “The Blessings of Clarity

  1. Antonio, thanks for recommending Stan Goff’s post! It offers a strategic direction for the rest of us, who aren’t bravely shivering in the plazas but want to join with OWS to make a new world. I think this strategy speaks to the Transition Movement which I have been following (though he doesn’t mention Transition), because it involves building capability at a local level, face-to-face, without ceding power to an overarching campaign or administrative machinery. Unlike Transition, Goff critiques the ruling system of power and exploitation, foresees its impending demise, and seeks a peaceful form of resistance to it. Like your writing, his has a philosophical bent to it which is going to limit the audience, but I think he’s done a good job of making his arguments.
    It’s time for the millions to pick up our pitchforks, and turn the compost piles! Let’s eat our way out of the system, if we can.


    1. Paul,

      Thank you for your response!

      “Like your writing, his has a philosophical bent to it which is going to limit the audience…” So true!

      This makes a comment like yours that much more welcome.

      We’ve always had what might be termed philosophical underpinnings to what we do. These days it still takes up an enormous effort, it’s just that this effort is buried in a treacly sugar-coating! We call it marketing.

      If we want to supersede these voices telling us what to do and why we do need to develop a stomach for doing it for ourselves. This is a form of tilling the fields too!


  2. […] Clarity is the result of an insight into what-is, in relation to what only appears to be. When we achieve a moment of clarity we find purpose and a buoyancy of spirit to counter the pressures of forever marshaling will to push us to do things our organism rebels against. We have a visceral, tacit response to any effort to channel our being into these tunnels of coercion. Yet faced with the prevalence and sheer habitual power and the ubiquity of these toxic illusions we find it easier to repress those instincts and conform to destructive edicts. As this process erodes our abilities to respond, instead of merely reacting to the dangers around us, it becomes ever more difficult to break free. […]


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