Sunday, October 27, 2013

Peripeteia in Anagnorisis!

Aristotelian logic / Socratic inquiry 
Peripeteia in Anagnorisis! "the unexamined life is not worth living"

Politicians, citizens, non-citizens, proletariat, bourgeoisie, small business owners, parents and students are creating a giant gap in the value of human capitol, "The Haves and the Have Nots"! Our hubris, platitudes, propaganda and beliefs are creating an ironic tragedy that Aristotle would easily recognize. We have declared war on all workers that don't create wealth from the ether. As a teacher I see my profession being one of the worst for wages and it's perceived value in society. The sad irony of 25 plus years of self-serving, greedy, narcissistic, coarse rude discourse and Mimesis has and will create a horrific societal Denouementa, ironic tragedy, catastrophe and possibly if we are very lucky a Buddha like catharsis, on a scale humanity has never seen.

How many platitudes do you use or hold true? 

"Work Smart NOT Hard"
"Good things come to those who wait"
"It was / wasn't meant to be"
"Time heals all wounds"
"You reap what you sow"
“Everything happens for a reason”

"Race to the TOP!"
"No Child left Behind" 

Maybe we are ready for the over simplified platitudes to stop, and the Peripeteia in Anagnorisis to start!

Anagnorisis: the transition from ignorance and confusion to wisdom and knowledge. 

Aristotle defines it as "a change by which the action veers round to its opposite, subject always to our rule of probability or necessity."(turning point) According to Aristotle, peripeteia, along with discovery, is the most effective when it comes to drama, particularly in a tragedy. Aristotle wrote “The finest form of Discovery is one attended by Peripeteia, like that which goes with the Discovery in Oedipus…”

Anagnorisis (/ˌænəɡˈnɒrɨsɨs/; Ancient Greek: ἀναγνώρισις) is a moment in a play or other work when a character makes a critical discovery. Anagnorisis originally meant recognition in its Greek context, not only of a person but also of what that person stood for. Anagnorisis was the hero's sudden awareness of a real situation, the realization of things as they stood, and finally, the hero's insight into a relationship with an often antagonistic character in Aristotelian tragedy.

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