Risking the Familiar
If communities and institutions are to endure, they must constantly draw bridges between what they do and what others are doing. This is not a bridge that links distinct entities into a common purpose, resemblance, or mutuality. For, bridges also point to breaks and frictions in putting to work different operating systems. Without such frictions there is little motivation to work out ways of associating things that have no overarching reason to be associated. Endurance means to conjoin ourselves with others in the possibility of “saying something” that need not be summed up, that need not have specific parameters of efficacy or objectivity, something that keeps people going in and through transformations that are without precedent in the sense that they need not represent the culmination of a goal or necessity. It means the capacity to risk what is familiar, because what is familiar may not be what it seems to be; every ground and appearance is deceptive.
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