I have been thinking so much about all this fucking theory and shit lately, and it’s just all starting to seem more and more pointless.
Or, more and more like this bullshit is only accessible to the most privileged—economically and intellectually—and therefore inaccessible to those it’s supposed…
there’s a great edward said essay in a small book edited by hal foster, title something about postmodernism, where he asks essentially the same question, which i feel is probably a question that we - we who read theory and think about it, i suppose that is the “we” i’m talking about - all ask at some point. i remember he makes a very good case and it’s very interesting, talking about who are theorists writing for except for each other, etc, but i don’t recall his conclusion on whether or not that matters or what it means to/for the world.
in any case, though, we live in a state of constant privilege. we can eat, we can read, we can sit with time and read books and our families will not starve. this should not be a source of guilt, i think, but rather a source of inspiration. you can do it, so you should. why not? if you stop eating, will starving children stop starving? no; it is more complicated than that. if you stop reading, will class distinctions evaporate? no; it is more complicated than that. so read and think and do what you can.
This makes me feel better. Thanks!
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