My poor structural brain just found a bone to chew on.
It’s… because I bought a philosophy book named “Vivre en existant” : to live by existing.
So here are verbs, three of them for a triangle :
to live – to be – to exist
Let’s play. There’s adhesion, or grip, to life. But curiously the word “EXIST” is like a tree :
- To be, to continue to be, to persist
- To be real, to be present
- To have life, to live, to be able to live
- To have the ability to be known, recognized, understood
There are more in https://www.thefreedictionary.com/exist.
Etymology gives something more.
From Latin existere/exsistere: “to step out, stand forth, emerge, appear”.
And in a way we all know that to live is to de-coincide with me, it is to emerge into the world. To operate, maybe?
There’s something like: to live is adhesion, fitting to what “is”, but to live by existing is to detach, unstick, take off.
The singularity of the experience.
All this mess is linked to other words, like “possibility”. I immediately thought about Deleuze’s becoming.
To find differences, and to begin multiple processes of transformation.
- To think differently, but how?
- What do we do with the unpredictable?
- What is the effort to create a future that differs from the present?
- Can we dream our own dreams, but how to get out of the trap they are, if they remain dreams?
Human life is ordered, classified, distributed, and managed: how can we shape possibilities?
Deleuze “becoming” is not to imitate something, it’s to get out of our “territories”, invent new plugs, quit the always-predictable to evolve in “becoming mode”. And for a day or an hour, you become a cat, a doctor, a wolf, a mother, a cook, a stone, etc.
The magic is the word “and” instead of the word “be”, ungrip and unhook from “I am this I do this”, to let propositions happen, to watch what is singular, or intense.
Will we make a web, will we bark, will we gather food like squirrels, will we be a child, for an afternoon? Will I become minoritarian for a day?
Told you, it’s a mess!
All this because of the “ex” is exist, “to stand forth”, hmmm.
What do you think?
Thanks for reading!