That’s all I have so far for today’s post. For those of you wondering what my chicken scratch says: “Rollins – all construct – wisdom?”
My Tuesdays and Wednesdays are really long, and by the time I get to the end of my day, I have random blog post ideas written down piecemeal in Evernote or on Post-Its, buried under rosters on my desk. Or perhaps no concrete idea to share at all.
“Rollins,” as in Peter Rollins, a philosopher and theologian, whose words have been very comforting to me, but I realize that some of what he teaches may upset some. I have only read a small amount of his work so far, as well as listened to a few podcasts by him, and at the very least, I have learned that everything is a construct (from Wikipedia: A construct in the philosophy of science is an ideal object, where the existence of the thing may be said to depend upon a subject’s mind.) Thus, “all construct.”
There’s a lot of discussion in media lately about NAFTA negotiations being reopened, America pulling out of the agreement fully, or a new border tax being imposed between US and Canada (really shitty news for us), the Brexit exit clause being triggered and how they want to basically have their cake and eat it too (“um, not in the E.U. market, but access to the market, please. So no responsibility and no requirements; but definitely profit! Thank you.”) This struck me as amusing today: the ultimate construct (nation states) negotiating their participation in or exit from another construct (trade agreement). Constructs constructing their roles in other constructs. Got it?
Among the mud-slinging and reactionary, protectionist swagger and just general overall peacocking is the clear message that everyone is trying to do what is best for themselves and no one is trying to help anyone else. The phrase “best interest” gets repeated. A lot. A LOT.
Now “wisdom.” If we must relate to one another using constructs of some type (probably), can we inject a little wisdom into it?
“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.” -Richard Rohr