Originally posted by bunge
Just wrong a long post and closed the window.
Anyway, I'll make this brief. It's not wrong to hold any opinion, but opinions can be factually incorrect. SDW claims 'it's stupid' to wear the shirt. I claim his opinion is factually incorrect.
I think that he is correct . . . and I think there are tests, scientific tests, that can measure the stupidity within the shirt itself
To continue with my philophastry (and I dare you to follow me): I think that we, as a culture, tend to mistake the idea that something 'is' something. Bill Clinton acually said a profound thing when he questioned the idea that the meaning of 'is' is so easy to understand. I think that we imagine that something is what it is at present . . . which ends up being what we think that it is. We don't think of things in terms of potentialities and possibilities: we are possessive and egotistical: we imagine that we have a fixed identity rather than being a part of a fluid process
, (rather than becoming) . . . a process that is past and future in the form of actualities, and possibilities (actual possibles & possible actualities ) converging to give the illusion of a solid presence: the presence of the present time. We cling to this idea that this present is some fixed and known quantity, that we 'are' someone, and that this someone -who we picture ourselves to be- fits in a world that is 'pictured' as a fixed form, -a quantity, an image withing a sort of cognitive frame of intelligabiltiy: we fix the world in a picture and put our illusionary fixed ego-image into this picture -it all 'makes sense'.
But this is a process of reducing the actual possibilities and potentialities that are part of the becoming of the world - to imagine that we are a fixed entity and that our plans -that are based on those notions- are sensible, is to value the world in a certain manner. But since the world image and the self-image that is based on such false fixed ideas is a radical reduction of the becoming that is the world, then that image is a form of devaluing
the plentitude of becoming.
In other words, when something 'is' something it has been reduced fundamentally . . . and when a cultural world view tends to see things in terms of 'is' and what soemthng is being then it devalues the world: it is the lack of imagination
at the core of our culture . . . to say that something is what it is belittles.
How does this apply to abortion: we assume that it 'is' a life, or it 'is' not (which is still a kind of reduction) but the problem is in the tendency to not see what is happening with a pregnancy as the nascence of potentiality itself: the growth of possibilities: a perfect symbol for the imagination itself.
Anyway, take what you will from that, but remember, I am still pro-choice and many people who I love and respect have had abortions.
now about that T-shirt: that T-shirt is an attempt at modifying other people. Pretend that it is not, but it sure isn't soley for the wearer's solitary pleasure: it is for other people . . . . it wouldn't make sense for them to only wear it while sleeping . . . so if they can wear it and tell me, proudly, that they had an abortion, then I can tell them that I think that their T-shirt is tastless.
I can tell them that they shouldn't be proud of it; that wearing that Tshirt is like smearing shiit on your face and saying proudly 'I smeared shiit on my face, so there'