Thursday, 21 August 2014


Many thinkers of the Modern Age and the Modern World defined themselves and their work in revulsion against the bourgeoisie. Marx is the most notorious example but the same holds for many other thinkers of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty first centuries (or the first century Before the Day of Salvation and the first and second centuries After the Day of Salvation - see post Post-Christian Calculation of Time).

My work too arguably finds much inspiration in its revulsion and disgust with bourgeois spirit  - though I am the first to admit that my background is, by and large, bourgeois, at least the creative/bohemian variety. 

Why is this? What is it in the spiritual world intended by the word bourgeoisie which causes such angst and friction amongst free standing thinkers? What is it in bourgeois modes of evaluation and representation which disgusts thinkers so (who by this very phenomenon become rebels)? Whence the vulgarity and mediocrity associated with the bourgeoisie? Why do great thinkers have to become rebels in order to make their points and achieve, if they are hard enough, intellectual authority? What is the bourgeoisie? What is bourgeois? Why is the bourgeoisie? Why is bourgeois?

Production, Creation







Note 1. That is to say our glands, digestive systems and bodies generally excrete and secrete and man-made technological production (τέκνη) can be interpreted organically as excretion if mankind is taken as a whole and as a giant body in communion with the earth, the sky and divinities - that is to say, mankind as a species excretes in technological production in a fashion akin to the human digestive system excreting digested foods and liquids after a passage through the body.

Ditto, but with a slight nuance, creative production can be interpreted as secretion in so far as creative drives and energy (ἐνέργεια) secrete in creative deeds and works (ἔργα), requiring so much time and labour in their pre-secretive phase, like the continual and continuous production of spermatozoids in male genitalia which are secreted in sexual climax.

Note 2. Following the above insight we could draw a distinction between production as technological excretion and creation as poetic secretion. The distinction between technology (τέκνη) and art (ποιήσις) would then be a matter of determining whether the mode and produce of technological and poetic production is excretive or secretive in nature.

Note 3. We could take a step further in terms of rank ordering considerations (see previous posts) and make value judgements in saying that a creative work is good when secreted and follows the mode of secretion (i.e. it is active and self-originating in the sense that male testicles produce spermatozoids) and a creative work is bad when excreted, following the mode of excretion (i.e. passive and merely expelling waste which has been digested by the body).

Note 4
. What then is the distinction between excretion and secretion? An excretion is a waste product whereas a secretion has a function. But waste also has a function, the necessary and vital elimination of unwanted elements in the body. Thus even in biological science the political import of words still wreak havoc and this political nature of language must be taken more seriously.