The concept of “choice” persists through every waking moment. Within culture the act of choice redounds: it enriches our wettest paintings and enrages our thirstiest wars. Placement recognizes these pragmatics from a cultural, aesthetic and temporal dialogue. Our discourse is not specifically in pursuit of the act, location, or persona but reflection on the decisions and intentions en route: a “metaphysics of choice.”
These observations offer an appeal against the deluge of sound bites and marketing feedback that are disguised as cultural anthropology. We concede and embrace that this is a quickly changing world with vast complexities, but it’s imperative that the foundations that brought us here are considered in order to appreciate change as growth. Virtuous and Just ideals appear alien and antiquated in our contemporary cultural landscape. Here, we mean to challenge that assumption as lazy sophistry, illuminated neither by morality nor explication.
The examined life is the one worth living, as judiciously expressed by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES JR., an extrordinary Supreme Court Justice:
“Until lately the best thing that I was able to think of in favor of civilization, apart from blind acceptance of the order of the universe, was that it made possible the artist, the poet, the philosopher, and the man of science. But I think that is not the greatest thing. Now I believe that the greatest thing is a matter that comes directly home to us all. When it is said that we are too much occupied with the means of living to live, I answer that the chief worth of civilization is just that it makes the means of living more complex; that it calls for great and combined intellectual efforts, instead of simple, uncoordinated ones, in order that the crowd may be fed and clothed and housed and moved from place to place. Because more complex and intense intellectual efforts mean a fuller and richer life. They mean more life. Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have enough of it.
“I will add but a word. We are all very near despair. The sheathing that floats us over its waves is compounded of hope, faith in theunexplainable worth and sure issue of effort, And the deep, sub-conscious content which comes from the exercise of our powers.”
At the age of 92, Holmes was found reading a copy of Plato’s Republic. When asked why? He responded indignantly that he wanted to expand his mind.
Life expands with choice. The act of choice is placement.