The Journey of an Academic

I recently completed  my master’s degree and worked to climb the highest heights of intellect in the field of Ecological Economics.  We worked through methodology, and epistemology and ontology.  I studied second-order cybernetics, the foundations of mathematics, elementary principles of cognition.

If anyone does not understand the hierarchical principle of science, it stems from a belief that we will achieve ever more subtle degrees of understanding- From the heavy to the light, the crude to the refined- that we cannot know everything, but we will slowly know more and more.

And so I took pride in my elaborate architecture of thought.  The arguments I was making were so subtle- they could barely be perceived.  And for the most part they were not.  They did not make a difference.  They were not understandable.

And on the other hand, the few who perceived them, thought very ‘highly’ of my work. And there is a power in this, for a sophisticated and redundant architecture makes components increasingly ignorable.

As Heinz von Foerster states:

“The more profound the problem that is ignored,
the greater are the chances for fame
and success.”

Of course the hardest lesson to learn as an academic is Rumi’s:

“The way of love is not
a subtle argument.

The door there
is devastation.

Birds make great sky-circles
of their freedom.
How do they learn it?

They fall, and falling,
they’re given wings.”

And as second-order cybernetics continues to die and recreate itself, on this academic journey, I find it, in it’s current form as the technique of death re-birth. The coalescence of falling and flight, down and up.  Foundations and rules. And what can I say, I find Ecological Economics more beautiful this way- in an oscillation of (non) existence.



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