Rocking Chair

In the classroom of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, emotions were naturally, as well as artificially, stimulated, while tradition and social norms were either ignored or violated. For some, values, all values, were put under the lens of social criticism, while for others, this criticism significantly changed—sometimes destroying—their lives.

Today, as a second option to rocking in my rocking chair (Hoagy Carmichael’s song Rocking Chair made popular by Maria Muldaur comes to mind here), I will blog/write about some of the significant emotional events that propelled me down life’s highway; and further, I will give these emotional events a musical identity. I think (hope) these recollections (memories plucked from my old journals) will be entertaining (sharing them is my entertainment). To begin, here are two thought provoking and complementary ideas concerning both the nature and the potential of life-changing emotional events; the first comes from a psychologist, and the second of which comes form a philosopher/mathematician:

Rationality is grounded in emotion, the emotive content of our environment. That is why the psychologist, Morris Massey, can say, “…by age ten, significant emotional events have already pre-determined who we will be for the rest of our lives.”

In Whitehead’s philosophy, experience reduces to what he calls occasions, and, insofar as occasions conform to their environment, insofar as “self-aim” conforms to its immediate past, there is determinism, but insofar as any entity modifies its response through the subjective element of feeling, there is freedom. Feeling and freedom are codependent for Whitehead and acting on “good feelings” moves the world forward to a better place.


About bwinwnbwi

About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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One Response to Rocking Chair

  1. bwinwnbwi says:

    Reblogged this on bwinwnbwimusic and commented:

    Reblog post opportunity–my first post. Eventually my blog became more than the sharing of the events that transformed and shaped my own personal experience. Indeed, all of my posts are informed by the freedom/feeling/rationality connection (as described in the Massey and Whitehead quotes) thus bringing this blog full circle–to that place where a better world (with the help of analysis and calculation) is found in the empowering emotion that calls us to love, beauty, and truth!

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