On the historicity of everyday life (and religion)

Everyday life is the dominant form of life. Everyday life is dull and repetitive, unlike “party life”/free time which is (or in ideal case, can be) always new and exciting.

Like all forms of life, also Everyday life has its history. The dull everyday life emerged at the same time with paid employment and specific working hours, along with the industrial revolution.

Do animals experience everyday life? (This is actually a deep philosophical question that goes back to the question: what do animals experience? But let’s skip this part, shall we.)

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I would say that animals experience boredom, and they alleviate that with play[1], and even, where there is more frustration, with “sexual acts”. Cats like to play with mice, and dogs with their owners (typically).

So what does religion have to do with this? I picked this word because it shows us how the concepts that we take for granted haven’t always been such simple. Ask yourself this: What was “religion” when there was no “science” yet? (If it helps, imagine yourself as a layman in the 1200s.) Language fools us into thinking things have always existed. But historical thinking on concepts can help us overcome these traps of false dichotomies[2].

On procedural language

Procedural language is a concept referring to the idea of procedural programming. I’m not going into that more in-depth, but talk more about how everyday language use can be “procedural”, that is, how it can promote the further development of (perhaps antiquated) social practices, establishing events in Facebook and “in real life”.

The main starting point for procedural language is a need, hidden under the surface and yet to be discovered. The approach is that we observe the social processes that can either be initiated and nurtured, or halted and killed, by us. We can observe this in everyday life, take a case of organizing an event with the help of Facebook. The language used in such virtual setting is definitely procedural: it starts to remind the form of “one’s inner dialogue”.

I’d like to come up with a process chart for such language but now I don’t feel like it. Maybe you have a question to ask and we can practice procedural language together?

In any case, I feel like writing to the blog again.

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Shamanic trippin’

Shamanic trippin’

it’s not for the weak
or those who hesitate
or those who fear the unknown

definitely not.

So if you’re thinking about it now
think of something else…

whatever comes to your mind next.
Think about that!