Tuesday, 7 June 2016
However, mankind, transcending nature, has stepped from natural history into social history, which is an entirely human creation. The sage was in fact being asked how he would cope with an irreversible social transformation. Most people most of the time accept their social status quo until it changes. Then they quickly adjust to a new set-up, whatever that is. People are both dynamic and malleable, proactive and reactive, changing the world and being changed by it, in fact changing and even creating themselves because manipulating the environment led to thinking about it. Hegel understood that:
some quantitative increases become qualitative transformations;
cycles can spiral upwards or downwards;
higher syntheses transcend mere repetitions.
In Chapter XXIII, section 1, of The Dog And The Wolf, Poul and Karen Anderson present both a seasonal change, the completion of the harvest, and a social change, the Armorican revolt of 407, which is not a mere administrative coup because it involves the expulsion of Roman officials and the declaration of independence. Armoricans know/hope/believe that there will be other harvests but also that the Romans will not return. They have started to live in different times. More on this later. This post is merely introductory.