Reason & Pleasure : An Interesting Braid was about mixing Reason & Pleasure; it was about music, but it works anywhere.
We all have a core, an axis, a skeleton. It’s what we ARE, when we were born and culturally.
A good philosophical activity is to know ourselves better (draw your map), but also to progress by adding things from the “other side”, growing in directions we did not use much. It means : try.
If you’re a loner, it’s maybe to meet people and learn from them. If you’re very masculine you maybe have to explore your feminine brain. If you’re wise and a rules follower, you’ll love to live a little more on the wild side. Etc.
Sylvain Tesson is a well known french writer, a traveller. He wrote many books about his adventures around the planet. But one day he stopped his ass in a little house near the Lake Baikal, in Russia, in Winter. And it’s great because… it’s the contrary of “what he does” ! What is interesting here is not the “winter stuck in Russia”, but the fact that it’s written buy a traveller.
Jünger says that it’s embarrassing to see the efforts of a Master when he goes out of his domain of mastery… Maybe it is. Maybe also it’s moving, interesting, and making him more human, too. The guy tried!
If “More of the same thing” fails, try to do the contrary. You will maybe fail, but you will learn. Our need to be disturbed is there. This tools simply says :
Do the contrary of what you do, go to the other side, see what you can learn, see what you can bring home.
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