On Waiheke Island yesterday we tried to unpack the “enduring understandings” in “survival” – the concept curriculum topic for 2005. Perhaps we decided, survival requires “adversity” to be real.
Have been thinking about this on the ferry ride back to Auckland this morning. In "The Matrix", Agent Smith explains that human beings as a species need “suffering and misery” to explain their reality. When they created a permanent retreat to a “happy place” – a utopian existence where all human desires were met - the initial Matrix programme collapsed.
The irony is of course that whilst I was thinking about our “red pill” world on the ferry, I learn that others had broadened the enduring understandings to include notions GKP survival – notions of clustering, educational franchising and intellectual copyright. I wonder what the conversation/s entailed. What is the paranoid central reality I should grapple with here?
I am wondering if in our “red pill” world we could experience “desire” if we did not also experience “adversity”? Are we as Jacques Lacan believes, helplessly caught in a “play” between desire and an” impossible real”? And is this a good thing?
I guess the one good thing about the Waiheke Island trip is Carol’s invitation to visit her artichoke farm. Have seen some visually exciting blogs this week and I am hungry for some great artichoke blog jpegs. Will have to explore how to use these to best effect.