Being In This Place
Return to fruit in a moment, I’ve been using it as a form of displacement, lurching into a subject with complete uncertainty, so best to chew through it under the surface and let things find themselves.
Rather simple observation, but I was unsure if it was just a product of my own imagination or was shared by a medieval scribe.
Issue that relates to time.
British wildman is a prophet, his future is fixed, his past is also fixed and his lamenting over the catastrophic moral choices he has made are responsible for his present melancholic form, his humor has altered both his mind and physical state.
Thinking about this perception of past and present seemed to present to me a difficulty, its ever present, static, no room for movement or alteration of either past or future, no freedom of movement, no opportunity for freedom of movement or individual choice.
The only movement available to the wildman is in his present chaotic state, the individual choices he has made in reaching this rather distinctive path, all relate to morality. Only decision making processes that allows for any form of individuality in this framework.
I now have to check and work out to what degree I am looking at a creation of my own imagination or a framework for the conception of an individual during the medieval renaissance.
I am hoping it will not give me a better grasp of the philosophy of the period but a better understanding of its sense of place, time and history.
An unknown scribe took this figure and placed him retrospectively on what is the first recorded event in British history that is historical rather than legendary. The point was retrospectively selected as the horizon of British history in the early medieval period then later the wildman’s tale was attached.
The placement seem to have the potential for being a somewhat mindful act. It does seem to convey a particular sense of time and the manner in which it forms the mind within it.
This simple retrospective placement of an object, will I hope give me a much better understanding of the way in which medieval historians developed a sense of time.
May also help me to understand the somewhat discordant inflection of Lord Monboddo and his sense of time and its decay. He seems to have had a somewhat medieval sense of time, he placed a man like ape rather than a wildman at ,the start of his conjectural history of mind.
But one of his concerns was that his sense of time was being lost in the modern world and that the enlightenment was losing the sense of its own past and Renaissance roots. His sense of the past extends deeper than the Renaissance, he appears to have a curiously medieval inflection to his thought.
Monboddo writing at the high point of the Scottish enlightenment certainly seems to be of the mind that the modern world is losing its sense of time and a sense of is history.
Creating my own sense of uncertainty at the moment, two very different periods of history that for a moment are fitting too neatly together.