The Piano Sonata in particular would seem to require some aspect of an historically recognizable mimetic comportment of its formal elements. As Adorno wrote in Aesthetic Theory : “To analyze artworks means no less than to become conscious of the history sedimented in them.”
Adorno again: “The afterlife of artworks, their reception as an aspect of their own history, transpires between a do - not - let - yourself - be - understood and a wanting - to - be - understood: this tension is the atmosphere inhabited by art."
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I just read another article trying to apologize for religions and on this one, from the usually excellent progressive website Alternet titled -Six Reasons We Can't Change The Future Without Progressive Religion- by Sara Robinson, I have to call Bullshit.
"-- we think that drawing from the widest possible range of philosophical traditions makes
America smarter, stronger, and more durable over time."
O.K., I can go along with that much, however:
"There is simply no other organizational form that encourages people to share their
time, energy, and resources so quickly, completely, or enduringly; or aligns so
much conviction toward the same goal. (This is why the leaders of corporations,
the marketers of sports teams, and the military all study religious cultures,
and try to appropriate their tribe-building techniques for their own purposes.)
The resulting tribes can last for many centuries -- and acquire a resounding
moral voice that can reverberate throughout their larger communities, and well beyond.
If you want to change the world, this is the kind of group -- deeply bound by faith, trust,
love, history, and a commitment to each other and to the world they envision that
transcends life and death -- that's most likely to get it done. Religion is the best way
going to get people to consecrate themselves, body and soul, to a larger cause; and
to take on the kind of all-or-nothing risks that are often required to really change the world."
Which is exactly the way conservative politicians use religion, and is one of
the fundamental sources of virtually every problem this planet faces today.
If progressives are going to actually "change the world", then that olde time
religion is one the main things that absolutely MUST be abandoned.
We can no longer afford to base our methods of social organization
on a belief in some all powerful imaginary friend.
"Religion is the native home of the prophetic voice -- the voice that calls people to
transformative change. Throughout America's history, our most evocative
political prophets -- both Roosevelts, all the Kennedys, Martin Luther King,
Cesar Chavez, Van Jones, Barack Obama -- have invariably been people
who spent a lot of time in the pews, learning to speak the kind of language
that calls us to a better place."
And this better place is where exactly?
"Liberal congregations have etched our values onto the young souls of tens of millions of
American progressives, over three centuries and dozens of generations. Do we really
want to try to do without them now?"
Where are these congregations, and why are they silent as they, if they actually exist,
are as threatened by fundamentalism as anyone.
"Fourth, progressive religion has always been America's most credible and
aggressive front-line defender of non-market-based values against the onslaught
of capitalism and greed."
Yeah, right. I would posit that without capitalism, religion would not need to exist to keep the
botched and bungled in line.
" The market says: Everything and everybody has a price, and is for sale.
Faith says: The most valuable things in our lives -- good health, safe food,
strong families, a clean environment, a just economy, meaningful work,
access to opportunity -- are beyond price, and should by right be available to us all."
Well, it should, shouldn't it? Ask David Barton and Bryan Fischer
what they think about that one.
" Fifth, in a nation where over 90% of everybody has some kind of God-belief -- and the
overwhelming majority of them ground their political decisions in that belief --
abandoning the entire landscape of faith to the right wing amounts to political malpractice."
What people say and what they actually believe are usually two very
different things when it comes to "God". Whether from fear of societal repercussion,
or some niggling doubt that religion might be true, it hardly matters.
People will notice a world without religion,they will never see a difference
without god because there is no reason whatsoever to think
for a millisecond one might really exist.
And basing a movement or a philosophy on something
that doesn't exist is, as we are slowly coming to realize, suicidal.
"For most Americans, our religious worldviews are the epistemological
soil in which every other decision we make is rooted -- the basic model
of reality that we use to navigate the world."
Definition of epistemology: "The theory of knowledge, esp. with regard
to its methods, validity, and scope. Epistemology is the investigation
of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion."
I need not elaborate.
This one is a serious what the fuck:
" When we stopped engaging people's basic model of moral order,
we effectively ceded the entire moral landscape of the nation to our
enemies. It was, in retrospect, perhaps the most self-destructive
error we've made over the past 40 years (and that's saying something)."
"To our credit, a lot of our best organizers and activists are starting to
realize the magnitude of this mistake. We're paying a lot more attention
these days to learning to clearly articulate progressive values, to express
ourselves in explicitly moral language, and to put forward more strongly
progressive frames, narratives, and future visions to counter the bankrupt
conservative worldview that's brought us to this sorry place in history."
And this requires a god for what reason exactly?
"But while we're working toward some new understandings here, let's
also remember that the right wing's success on taking this field was
rooted directly in their ability to mobilize conservative churches to carry
the moral banner forward into the culture for them. If we're going to
overwrite their brutal and anti-democratic story of how the world
works, the most important step we can take is to tap into the vast
reach and deep moral authority of our remaining progressive faith
communities, and amplify their voices every way we can.
Churches and temples have always been the first and most natural
places Americans turn when it's time to have serious cultural conversations
about value and meaning and the future they desire. If we're serious about
changing the national story and bending the future in our preferred direction,
then that's where we need to be."
How is more of the same going to improve anything?
"Our churches and temples have been the fountain, the rock,
the mother source of our movement from the very beginning.
Progressives of faith have always played a central role in our political
victories in the past. It's time to stop imagining that somehow,
we're going to take the country back without them now."
Imagining is what we've been doing for millenia and it's bringing humanity
to the brink of ruin. We have to take this country back from them.
There is no compelling reason to embrace religion to perpetuate the status quo.
If people desire to perpetuate their beliefs in private, more power to them,
but the role of religion in a modern technological society has proven over and
over again that it is a millstone around the neck of humanity. The end of religion
should be the change we can believe in. The wreckage it leaves behind in the lives it
ruins and the resources it squanders should be apparent to anyone who chooses
to look at it honestly.
It's long past the time when any self respecting intellectual should be making
apologies for religion.
Throughout history, has there ever existed what one could consider even a remotely representative government that came close to having proprotional representation by gender?
Doesn't that seem like a problem to anyone?
This is conservative multi-functional propaganda at it's finest, it creates a real vent for the outright lunatics, it reinforces evangelical mythology, it makes "liberal" christians uncomfortable enough to plant fertile seeds of doubt in an effort to mitigate the negative propaganda value that too many dead Muslim bodies might create, and it makes the progressive blogosphere give birth to rhetorical cows.
This is only one page from the playbook though. They didn't only learn propaganda techniques from Goebbels, they got it from the two thousand years of trial and error by Religion. This is not just an aspect of an ideology, it is a part of an agenda. A rather well organized long-term agenda. They've said so, the evidence is pretty clear that we should believe them about this.
This Frog thinks the water is starting to get a little too hot.
Maybe it is better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven.
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It was written for oboe, but I think it will work on almost any wind instrument... Bass clarinet might be particularily interesting. It was written in 1989 and was the last composed piece of a projected series for as many different solo instruments as I could get around to.
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