From Plato to Toilet Training: I attempt to bridge the gap, says J.
From the removal of the mind from the body…which we are, we have misplaced the senses of our being;
Lost: the directions of life as the bowels only, merely excrete, and the mind is thought to be the true basis of what and who we are.
Those who seek the light also seek the cleanliest of air so they neither see nor smell what problems and possibilities lurk within the actualities of the bowels’ being and moving our lives each day.
But – I tell my self – neither one without the other: no air, no light, the bowels of life’s chemistry extract the nutrition from what we understand as food and sustenance, leaving what’s left to be deposited, matured, half-rotted and stinking wherever we squat; formed into senses of wholeness that leave us at our pleasure and disposal. What stink, what stench that we ban it from our thinking of our being? So far from the mind’s eye where we now tell us we see and hear and think thoughts, cleansed, smelling good so we may yet taste them and not become ill from our own excretions. The body: what we are, all we are…the mind is some story about the body? (Nietzsche)
What knowledge packed into self-training that I move breath and muscles so they move themselves, extracting nutrition and energy and life’s blood?
What dialogue, what symposium, what theory of being and doing; what view from bowels’ bowels?