Saturday, April 25, 2015

Thinking about the earthquake today in Nepal, the number of lives lost and human effort—objects, buildings, neighborhoods—reduced to rubble, I am reminded of Prynne, his essay "No Universal Plan for a Good Life," this having appeared in a Nepalese journal, Sahitya Ra Jeevan Darshan, the essay from 2010, and a relevant passage:
The movement of contrary forces and strife in divided performance are the principle of dialectic in the process of nature and history: this too is not an abstract diagram, but is the testing-ground for struggle towards a justice that is man-made and only incompletely natural. The struggle corresponds intimately with human ethical instincts, towards the right and the fair; but these terms are relatively weak without dialectical underpinning, and for this the activity of social life must essentially be realised through directed political consciousness and commitment. Thus the hope for justice is a struggle for just practice, or else it is nothing but empty virtue.
This. Kathmandu effectively in ruins. More than a thousand dead, likely too many more. Eighteen climbers dead on Everest. And the Maoist insurrection, a decade long and the success of this a model perhaps.