Thursday, March 12, 2009

Every watcher is watched, each a player in some more encompassing play. The duality is irresolvable for the duration of play. This relationship between watching and being watched is what the play is about. The part of the spectator is not a passive part; this speculative vision lays a net of nuclear relationships upon the watched. It "over-codes" the unobserved.

Speculation is a development, an evolutionary outcome. We are not born spectators; we must learn the practice from our parents. The child evolves to parent; the parent originates as the child. The difference between parent and child is the difference between watching and being watched. There is a spectator at the baby's birth. The Father is already present; the watcher is already there, though nowhere to be seen. The child cannot watch except by putting on the cloak of parenthood.

The world's great monotheisms constitute symbolic representations of the evolution of the spectator, the great speculator, the author of the play. The reader/writer fancies her/himself a god. Writing is spermatic; reading is the egg.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

A spectator is an onlooker, one standing apart from the scene he/she is observing. The spectator is the one who sees what's going on; the participants haven't a clue. One cannot get a clear picture of the fray when a chair is being broken over one's head, or, some other one is saying nasty things about one's mother. Evidently, participation in the scene precludes insight. I go to an analyst seeking a speculator who can take a knowing look at the play I am in so that I might know what the hell I am doing.

The world's economic system is in collapse, a state of chaos and uncertaintly and there are many speculators lying buried in the rubble. They could not see the logic unfolding because they were participants in the fantasy. That is the problem with speculation: In reality there is no spectator who is not infected by participation, no ideal observer. God is dead.