The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

October 29, 2017


The Stone Raised in the Roots of the Fallen Tree

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The stone was raised in the roots of the fallen tree, when the
tree fell. The stone, as are others, is suspended in the roots
of the tree. This is an event of long duration, perhaps from an
hour to a century, the stone suspended in the tree. The stone
will fall, and when it falls, the event will end, and there will
be no such history, the traces of suspension and fall eliminated
in the usual progression of things. Also, no one else, I am
assuming, perhaps without reason, has noticed this particular
stone and its suspension. What constitutes an event, an
occurrence, a happening (and these are often differently
classified), is linguistically and culturally determined, and a
caught stone may have no such determination. Most of what goes
on in the world, most of its goingness, has no record, and the
longer the duration of a going-on, the less, perhaps, it may be
noticed. Now there are two horizons - climate change, for
example (and millions of other examples) in which subtleties of
long duration are noted, classified, studied, and annotated; and
what one might call the horizon of the digital, within which
there is an impetus towards the totalization of well-ordered
classification, and a somewhat unstated belief (at least at
times) in the permanence of such classification (as if there
were a collocation for example of data-banks and their
interrelationships, organized in such a manner that the digital
world, from the IOT on, appears safe and secure, warding off
death in spite of technological obsolescence in its ever-
evolving containers) in which the world in all its depth is
_charted._ Well, we're there, in the sense that the unnoticed
may well be considered non-existent, stone raised or not. Or the
stone ending up in one or another tourist photograph, or not. Or
the stone never fallen, or always already having been raised,
having been fallen, or not. It is inconceivable. History in this
sense is inconceivable. It is difficult to move beyond that. It
is the easiest thing in the world to move beyond that, and that
is our problem, not the world's, a problem we refuse to
recognize, perhaps not to perceive as well.

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