Anyone else reading these? Sapiens was one of my favorite books last year and now I'm unpacking Homo Deus – So much in both about our (human) ability to create fiction and how this is what separates us from other animals and earlier homo species. A critical read right now in light of current political events. ⠀"When examining the history of any human network, it is therefore advisable to stop from time to time and look at things from the perspective of some real entity. how do you know if an entity is real? Very simple – just ask yourself, "can it suffer?" When people burn down the temple of Zeus, Zeus doesn't suffer. When the euro loses its value, the euro doesn't suffer. When a bank goes bankrupt, the bank doesn't suffer. When a country suffers a defeat in war, the country doesn't really suffer. It's just a metaphor. In contrast, when soldier is wounded in battle, he really does suffer. When a famished peasant has nothing to eat, she suffers. When a cow is separated from her newborn calf, she suffers. This is reality."
Another great weaving by @elenadaojingyu that will be available at the Whitney Museum Shop – A-Z West Studio Weavings are made by the community of artists who utilize our A-Z West Weaving Studio. Each weaving is one of a kind, and adheres to a simple dictate (in this instance two black stripes anywhere in the weaving) which is then interpreted by the individual weavers.
Radiating Arenas of Enhancement (2006)⠀When maintaining my world becomes an overwhelming endeavor, I try to practice "Radiating Arenas of Enhancement." This system prioritizes the elements of life according to personal proximity – spending the most energy modifying the things closest to oneself, working outward as resources permit.