“Those who know (but think they don’t)
Are condemned to be controlled
Who could never know (but think they do)”
Critics of anthropocentrism argue that the universe preexists to man and will outlive him. Objectively, this is quite right. But is it true? I submit that no, it is not.
The truth – and I mean the real truth -, as far as I’m concerned, is that no science can account for my personal experience of the world, which makes it start with my birth and die when I die. And what is true of me, is true of everyone else. Right?
Objectivity is an interesting theory, but what does it yield, really?
A rhetoric of detachment; a speech free of any emotion or personal implication; which makes it uninteresting. Objectivity is a form of speech that engages to nothing, incites to nothing and, what’s more, with it’s constant effort to always seek political correctness, it signifies nothing.
Whatever the views of the critics of anthropocentrism, man is the center of the universe, and I’ll provide just one proof of that: What purpose would an objective universe, awesome and extremely complex as it is, serve if no one can talk about it to no one. More importantly, what would be the purpose of all that, if no man is there to live that experience, and share it? QED!
It’s like talking objectively of a restaurant, an event, a book, a movie, or simply a place. What meaning would that bear? None. Except for the fact that some individuals who call temselves critics or reviewers make a living out of it. But who follows the critics? No one … You won’t find one, simply because critic and popular don’t go together.
But have a friend tell me about those same things and my ears – and agenda, for that matter -, are wide open. Why? Not that much because I trust him or her, but because it is about someone’s subjective experience. It is “subjectivity meets subjectivity”. Which is why it works.
Right now I’m in Paris, and I couldn’t resist visiting the new Hermès boutique on rue de Sèvres. A piece of jewelry, this shop. A real beauty. A monument to good taste and refinement. Makes you want to take everything away. Which is what I did. Well, almost. I actually bought two items. Couldn’t resist the temptation, even though I’m kind of strapped for cash.
And I passed the address to my friends.