demystifying the crisis of truth before we set the world in fire

If one word is traveling the world today, it is fake-news. A wrap-word that can take many meanings. A word that can express rebellion, doom, frustration, confusion, hopelessness, protest, disagreement.

Discussions will soon lead us to the word truth. And to the premise that there is not such thing as truth or fact, that all is relative to the observer. Further looking for a place where to settle a standpoint in a world that all of a sudden has no ground, we will try to set foot with scientists: they know the truth and facts after all! But then again, history proves they don’t always.

Soon we reach a point where by lack of foothold we cannot help but start to give into those transgressive words about the lack of truth and facts. And here is the point when we fall down the rabbit hole of our days. Here is were populists want to have us: lost, and vulnerable to an attack straight into the deepest convictions of our culture and society.

We fail to identify and comprehend what truth and facts are. And through this breach in our integrity, our hopes and ingenuity get lost. We stop being humans to become fearful crippled creatures under the lash of an overlord. Shadows of what we were born to, of what we can reach.

We fail to see that we are all navigating the world in search of more knowledge. That scientists, do not hold THE truth or THE facts but design models and hypothesis based on limited facts. Models and hypothesis that may later on, in light of new facts, be proven too simple to reflect reality. We fail to see that the world is complex and interrelated. And that we know yet too little to arrogantly demand A TRUTH. We need to return to our natural inborn curiosity and keep trying to understand reality.

We have become intoxicated by the vapors of science and technology, to believe that there is a response already available for all things. That politicians or states know it but hide it from us, and that Google and YouTube can tell us the truth. The liberating truth. And through this act of rebellion, we join the lines of brainless wraths, dancing mindlessly at the tune of the craziest (opportunist) of the time.

trespassing into nature

When framing a house, one will, despite styles and epochs, often be able to discern if the house is cut out from its environment or if it provisions for a twilight zone between inside or outside. Whereas Claypots Castle would be by design cut out from its surroundings, la Maison de la Reine in the Petit Trianon would show quite the opposite design.

These same characteristics are also reflected in houses of lower budget. Balconies in city apartments are a design made to provide an escape away from the post-modernism of our city dwellings today. It is not surprising that we will more often that not be inclined to grow nature in our balconies; our small outlets to nature.

It is, however, not only our longing for contact with nature that makes the Maison de la Reine especially desirable to us, but an invisible part of our nature has been cut off from us in our modern life aseptic housing. Aseptic in a metaphorical sense but also in a microbiological sense too.

Building materials are treated to diminish anything microbial, and like antibiotics these methods are non-selective; they might kill the pathogens, but they also kill microbes that are beneficial to human survival and well-being.

Elizabeth Henaff

In our fight to put down the sickening bacteria in mold, we created antibiotic housing were the much necessary microbes we very much need to live, have a hard time living with us.

you are beautiful beyond question

We are capable of employing our intellect and industrious hands to the building of truly ugly contraptions. Often to help appease some early life trauma and palliate those poignant modes of anxiety that made themselves most noticeable and uncomfortable in our lives.

Nature, in the other hand, designed us beautiful. Beautiful in the most simplified interpretation of the concept: where form and function leave nothing for improvement. Beautiful with no compromises in our design. Where nothing needs to be added or removed. Our design is the result of millions of years of fine tuning. A design for efficiency and energy conservation. Our bodies, along with all creatures and living entities on earth emerged of nature themselves, of nature’s sources and constrains. In the event of a mass extinction, as Alan Weisman suggests in his book The World Without Us, life would probably start again from some surviving microbe. And a new nature would cover the earth again, not as we know it today but beautiful in the same way nonetheless.

what is this thing about “Wonder Boys”?

the movie of Curtis Hanson with an impossibly melancholic music by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, John Lennon or Van Morrison, will take you back to the story anytime you hear those tunes, and hasn’t through the years lessen its grip on me.

The weekend in the life of a literature professor Grady Trip (Michael Douglas) that opens with a vulnerable and troubled James Leer (Tobey Maguire) reading his poetry to the sarcastic candour of Hannah Green’s (Katie Holmes) closing remarks, while professor Trip recalls mentally his thoughts on them both and especially her leather boots. It is a start like a rabbit hole, and you are down it by the time the starting tune attenuates to a halt.

From there a weekend full of unexpected characters develops in a  colourful mess, yet full of humanity in all its moments. A chaos that holds only through the thin and smooth net of tenderness and compassion. And despite its catastrophic path, sums up to a positive net of goodness where all who were entangled in the story were touched in one or another way by a fairy of goodwill.

the best part comes later

very much as with preparing Panna cotta—you will have to wait a few hours to enjoy it—marrying may flourish one or two decades after the vows were given.

Alain de Botton, in his book “The course of love” takes us on a fantasy ride with Kirsten and Rabih from the moment they met, through their life, to the point, many years after they married, when they were actually ready to marry each other.

Through the book, we will soon realise that all those anxieties that constantly make our life troublesome, do not afflict us only. We are not especially doomed; everybody is. Those who haven’t yet found the love of their lives, would understand that such thing does not exist, or actually, there are thousands that could be a good enough fit. Those who just married and are puzzled by the difficulties of living together, would understand that they are doing as badly as they were expected to do. Those who fought their way through child rearing and left themselves on the process, would understand that loving a child is the true way to love. Those who searched in one night stands what they were missing, would understand why they didn’t find it there.