Newsletter April 2016


I just realised — my steam engine is a classical: slow to start, noisy as it takes speed. But robust, and reliable.
Finally did my new words come to the keys — silent board, sole instrument left afloat the ashes of my early musical promises. Took me time, nearly thirty years, ten years, one year, depending on which scale and which aspect of the tone you consider, but the path has been long, strenuous, full of doubts, enjoying for too long the ditches of self-depreciation like a pig in his mud. It takes a bit of affirmation, of confidence, and thus of experience on the clock, to step up and follow the little voice from inside the head.
We are not quite there yet, though. Spring-Summer 2016, new accent in the angle and style of my ongoing discussions with the words, but still the function is largely existential, to fill in certain needs of harmony and aspiration, and the fruits, to the reader, if at all s/he jumps above the self-absorption, may only seem personal, individual, development-oriented. True and false: I read some of these lines, and cannot remember the ideas or intuitions that led me to their shores, and I learn through my words, over and beyond my presumed authorship, as if they were more than just my own. But, true, the format, the sheer size and depth, the idiosyncratic formulation of a problematic or its unsaid question, all remain personal and formative, as if these were destined to be écrits de jeunesse, exercices de style to stretch the skills and test the waters, to see or prove that he indeed can dive till the levels of actual art.
The question remains open, to me included, even if the very piling up of the pages, as I edit and publish round here for close to a year, comes to question my habitual, own life-memory, to colour it with a softer hue. I draw the lines between the stars, and dream or pray, every single day, to come across my constellation… sooner than later.
Because this can’t, and this won’t, be a solitary journey.
So, to you, early reader, Cheers, and hear the calls of invitation, invitations to call, each time these words come your way.


Original mon or 17 March 2016
Forgive Our Sins 12 April 2016
The Non-Self of Girard 15 October 2012
After Anatta : Towards a Girardian Ethics 10 May 2013

17 March 2016


Original mon or. De près, de loin, de nuit, de jour, original mon or à l’esprit, obsession introspective, maladie invisible. Horizon gris nuage, petits succès de parcours imperceptibles, I am on a race of a kind, a race of my own…


Original my gold. From afar, from close, by night, by day, original my gold on my mind, introspective obsession, invisible disease. Grey-cloud horizon, little imperceptible successes on my path, I am on a race of a kind, a race of my own…


12 April 2016

Please Father forgive our sins. Irony of our existences — I started praying. Well, I don’t “do it all”, I skip the contentious bits, the avowals of faith, the declaration of divine love, the comfortable religious expressions. My prayers are tentative, they are also perhaps a bit utilitarian, clearly interested, but also genuine in their surrender. Simply, it is now clear to me that I must leave my destiny to something else than my good-will, or my own control. From religion I prepared my own cocktail, and I kept the ideas of faith, of surrender, of compassion.


The Non-Self of Girard

Girard does not directly address ethics in his work, but such an attempt would certainly prove highly insightful. We may discover, then, certain values that would be common to Girard and Buddhism, naturally pointing to the same conclusion: the need to forsake the romantic lie of an autonomy and independence of human beings, in favour of a deep awareness of the interdependence in human life and all worldly phenomena. This awareness is the starting point and essential precondition to a new understanding of what an ethical life is. . .

Introduction Part 1
Girard and Philosophy Non-Self : From Anatta to Samvriti
Part 2 Conclusion
Is Anatta Behind the Mimetic Theory ? Towards a Girardian Ethics

After Anatta : Towards a Girardian Ethics

After being a philosophical support with regards to its fundamental metaphysical views, Buddhism could, once again, be the unique philosophical tradition to corroborate, or, more, inspire Girard’s mimetic theory to bring it towards what is arguably its final efflorescence: an ethical theory. . .

Introduction Part 1
After Anatta : Towards a Girardian Ethics The Mimetico-Buddhist Connection
Part 2 Part 3
Questioning the Supremacy of Reason Mimetic Ethics, Ethics Embodied
Part 3.1 Part 3.2
Girard’s Ethical Silence Non-Violence, Fundamental Ethical Principle ?
Part 3.3 Conclusion
In Search of the Middle Path : The Ethics of Distance Bridges to Co-Responsibility