Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

Totalities  §

I need to read Hegel.

I was walking around Times Square tonight and I realized: I’m likely in the wrong line of business. Urbanism? Mass media? Preposterous! By the time you arrive at such things you have, almost by definition, exceeded carrying capacity. How many more generations of this can we see? One? Two at most?

Everyone talks about the twentieth century as if it were shocking and transformative. Just wait for this one. Looking around the city, around the Internet, and around the growing bits of California, it’s easy to see that things are not gonna continue as they are. It’s hard to know whether they’re gonna continue.

Every now and then I catch a whiff of totality—for a brief moment, natural science, social science, arts and literature, euclidean space, history, and me all begin to congeal into some larger system in which all are related and the topology is clear.

Then I lose it.