“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
We can and should do better. All of us. Everywhere. Look around. To me, it’s obvious.
I am trying to know and do better, and help others do the same. I hope to share ideas, stories, and perspectives that challenge us to KNOW and DO better.
That is the purpose of this blog.
In a nutshell, I believe that what we need to KNOW is this:
LIFE, and all forms of it, is an interconnected, inseparable whole that wills to live. All of our fates are intimately intertwined and we all endeavor to be most fully ourselves.
What, then, should we DO with this knowledge?
We should SEE differently. We should SEE in RELATION, not SEPARATION. As we SEE in RELATION, we respect the will to live in all forms of life. We act with compassion. We maintain a balance of chaos and order, generation and regeneration, birth and death.
We do our best. We act authentically. And we allow and encourage others to do the same—everywhere! In schools, offices, marketplaces, gyms, etc. We act in ways that liberate our best selves.
So the point of this blog is to explore the ways that we screw all this up, and to offer solutions to fix it—-mostly in the context of Education and Physical Education.
How am I going to do this? By PLAYING. This is a space where I bring in multiple perspectives—a PLAY of/with perspectives, if you will—in the quest to EMANCIPATE our best selves! As Ann-Marie Roeper says, “the fate of the world depends on the selves of human beings.”
If I were to give this process a name, I would like to borrow William Blake’s “Infernal Method:”
“…by printing in the infernal method, by corrosives…melting apparent surfaces away, and displaying the infinite which was hid.
If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.
For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.“
–William Blake (from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell)
This “displaying the infinite” is a means to emancipation and occurs through the “melting” away of “apparent surfaces.” In this space (this blog), the “corrosives” are dialogue, inquiry, introspection, perspective-taking, paradox, and praxis. To me, these are all forms of PLAY! And this PLAY leads to reconciliation, re-creation, re-membering, and re-cognition. In other words, through PLAY, we open ourselves up, leave the cavern, and re-discover the “infinite which was hid.” By “cleansing the doors of perception,” we come to know ourselves more deeply and more authentically, creating the space to KNOW and DO better.
Friedrich Schiller believes that the PLAY DRIVE is the harmonious, reciprocal interaction of complementarities (i.e, thinking and feeling) that brings the wholeness and totality of the person into expression. Through this unitive action beauty is experienced, integrity is realized, authenticity emerges and “infinity” is fulfilled.
As we PLAY through the “Infernal Method,” we re-member, re-create, and emancipate ourselves. We FULFILL INFINITY in our emanciPLAYtion.