Re: [-empyre-] "what is to be done?" Lenin's words--forward from Claudia Reiche

seemingly the problem […] is that when we are critical of
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
One can judge, that's for sure, if the same terms (words) are used ....
hmm, I do not know how to judge myself for instance by the same terms like Lenin or Buergel?
Could you?
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 history

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