sábado, 26 de maio de 2012

Crisis and transdisciplinarity

The international economic crisis is bigger than just “economic”. It is also a crisis of the way to see life and to see the world.
Under Thomas Kuhn we could say that it is a crisis of paradigms; not only economic paradigms, but also an indication of changes in paradigms of science, knowledge, living and all aspects of human life and as we see life in general on earth.
The postmodern formula to solve all questions and problems doesn’t work anymore as it worked before...
So, economy, knowledge, science, living, arts, sports, etc., must open itselves to each other, and this time maybe Arts could show the way...
It is necessary “creativity” to solve the problems. Creativity is between austerity and liberality. To improve creativity in all professions it is possible to use Arts.
The experts could stop for a moment and hear a symphony, read classics, admire paintings, or even listen the opinion of the artists. They have a special feeling of what is going on in the world.
Arts can be also a calling for Ethics.
When we are immersed in our own speciality, sometimes we are blind for all the variables in each situation.
In Postmodern period, to be a workaholic could be something desireble, commendable, a way to success.
Now, in after-Postmodern it is not enough, it is not efficient, it is not necessary.
Maybe it is better for all not work too much and let some room for unemployed people to divide time and space with us.
Maybe if the profits become a little less, more people can start to have some profit too...
We could take a look to the writings of  some wise man like Arne Naess and his recomendations for better life and living, suggesting to cultivate peace, to have time not only for work, but also for enjoy the nature, the Arts, and sports.
What Arne Naess named for himself Ecosophy T, he says that each one could find his or her own Ecosophy A, or B, or C, etc., respecting nature and culture of each human community.
In Postmodern, everything had to be in a hurry. In after-Postmodern, this way doesn’t work. We must take time and recover some capabilities that our ancestors had.
We lost some kind of wisdom of the Gothic Cultur in Middle Ages. We can see in their sculptures that they are smiling, we can see in that huge buildings some kind of strengh... At same time we know that they had several feast days...
We must recover the value of pause...

domingo, 20 de maio de 2012

Crisis: still the same... Let's open the door to afterpostmodern

Some people say that there is a new crisis in 2012... Well, that crisis actually started in 2008. 
Since then it is the same crisis with variations through the years.
There is a discussion around "austerity".
Maybe no one could say that would start from now a life without any austerity envolving struggle for existence...
But in another hand, as it's used to say in a methaphoric way, the medication cannot be too strong because it can kill the patient together with the germs.
The solution can be between strong austerity and its opposite.
The key to the the solution can be in a variety of mesures and not in just one mesure.
Those mesures can come from a transdisciplinary vision of the crisis, and not just from the discipline of Economy or even from just one line of economic thinking.
Maybe the opposite sides, or the different sides, need to talk much much more...