Re: virus: Religion, Zen, post-structuralism, and the

John ''!Boolean'' Williams (
Fri, 13 Jun 1997 00:04:24 -0400

At 08:58 PM 6/12/97 -0600, David wrote:
>> Actually, I don't think such a game would last very long. The non rule
>> bound person would win as soon as s/he chose to. "Check mate" This of
>Claiming a win by just saying "Checkmate" is sort of pointless, don't
>you think?


I envision a chess game; one person says, "look at us, sitting here, moving
these little pieces around, all concerned whether we loose this pawn or
that rook. It's a nice sunny day outside. Let's go toss a frisbee. What's
the point of this game anyway?"

The other says, "shut up and move."

I think a certain type of post-structuralist thinking is not so much about
declaring winners and losers, as it is insisting that the world is much
larger than a chess game and we ought to get out and play in it more often.
My complaint is that the logocentric position -- and the mythocentric
position -- is similar to the kid in the playground that directs
everything. "Okay, now you say... okay, now go over there... okay, I shot
you, you're dead..." Both insist that the world be interpreted the same,
all around.

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