Jeannie Lynn Paske and Eluvium
There can be joy in being obsolete and immersed in metaphysical collapse.
What is obsolete today may be constructively postmodern tomorrow.
Don't worry about being out of date. Claim your inner dinosaur.
A Fat Soul Appreciation
of the art of Paske and a song by Eluvium
Claim Your Inner Dinosaur
When in the presence of cynically hip friends, destructively postmodern companions, or nihilist-leaning siblings, here are some ways to claim your creative obsolescence:
Accept the fact that some of the things you value -- the early Beatles, Zen Buddhism, handwritten notes, forgiveness, belief in a personal God, the metaphysics of Whitehead, hopes for beloved community -- are considered obsolete by your friends, companions, and siblings.
Live with your emotions but don't fall into self-pity. Laugh at yourself for being obsolete. It can even be a little fun.
Don't apologize for being out of date. Openly embrace the obsolete, recognizing that all that is "new" is not right and all that is "old" is not wrong.
Know that what is obsolete today may be constructively postmodern tomorrow
Love your neighbor (including those who think you are obsolete) as yourself. Don't hate anybody. The only thing that is really obsolete is hatred itself.
Don't be naively optimistic but have a little faith. Trust that a spirit of creative transformation is at work in the world and that the obsolete can become useful again. If you wish, speak of this spirit of creative transformation as God.
If someone asks why you are holding onto things that are out of date, just say that you are exploring fresh possibilities, stretching your wings, flying in style. Call it creative obsolescence.
Posture your way through metaphysical collapse, singing its praises when possible. In rebirth there is death and in death there is rebirth. The second coming of the obsolete may not be far away.
Posturing Through Metaphysical Collapse
Posturing through Metaphysical Collapse: A Reflection
Eluvium's approach to music seems very Fat Soulish, very Whiteheadian. The plants and rocks and dogs are all alive in their way, as are the houses. Everything reverberates; nothing is quite dead. Eluvium plays the sounds. In a way he offers a healthy metaphysic to replace one that needs to collapse: an organic alternative to mechanism. Indeed it is a metaphysical perspective which, like that of Fat Soul philosophy, suggests that we can begin again with each day, each moment, if only we are free of inordinate attachments which turn the living into the dead. Here is what he says when asked to describe his musical style:
Question: Can you generally describe your style of music?... looking for your words, not so much the generic ambient / acoustic genre sort of thing
A metaphysical perspective is simply a view of reality with special focus on first principles. It can be dualistic, materialistic, monistic, atheistic, pluralistic, theistic, or otherwise. Collapsing metaphysics are not always bad. Some metaphysical perspective deserve to collapse and some need to be fostered. We Fat Soul philosophers hope that the metaphysic that is collapsing is the mechanistic worldview which envisions the world on the analogy of a clock that is totally determined by its inert component parts. On this view the whole world is merely a collection of objects to be manipulated for human use. The metaphysic that is possible envisions the world as an organic and evolving whole filled with intrinsic value. On this view the world is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects, and the aim of life is to live with respect and care for the flourishing of all life.
This more organic perspective is characteristic of agricultural civilizations, and in a way it is "old fashioned" compared to mechanistic points of view. But when combined with evolutionary thinking and new perspectives in physics, it also seems, well, forward looking: the best hope for the future. Influenced by Whitehead, open and relational (fat soul, process) philosophies endorse the latter. As we listen to "Posturing through Metaphysical Collapse," we hear both types of collapse...and we are thankful.
-- Jay McDaniel