Re: [-empyre-] "what is to be done?" Lenin's words--forward from Claudia Reiche
seemingly the problem […] is that when we are critical of One can judge, that's for sure, if the same terms (words) are used
others we tend not to judge ourselves or our solutions by the same
terms -- the failure
to be self reflexive leaves us running in place
hmm, I do not know how to judge myself for instance by the same
terms like Lenin or Buergel?
The only sure way of not running in place I've heard of is to judge the
difference that lies between the repetition of words, events, images
etc. and their former appearence, or even to notice that there will
have been a repetition.
One could even call this the core of education, as potentially freeing
history from running in place.
"The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as
an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and
is never seen again. ‘The truth will not run away from us’: in the
historical outlook of historicism these words of Gottfried Keller mark
the exact point where historical materialism cuts through historicism.
For every image of the past that is not recognized by the present as
one of its own concerns threatens to disappear irretrievably […] To
articulate the past historically does not mean to recognize it ‘the way
it really was’ (Ranke). It means to seize hold of a memory as it
flashes up at a moment of danger. […] The danger affects both the
content of the tradition and its receivers. The same threat hangs over
both: that of becoming a tool of the ruling classes. In every era the
attempt must be made anew to wrest tradition away from a conformism
that is about to overpower it.." Walter Benjamin, On the concept of
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