This is just a short note to the effect that I'm going to take a social media hiatus for the next year. When I come back I hope to have leveled up in the following abilities: (1) reading French, (2) teaching Kant and 19th Century Philosophy, (3) writing about John McDowell and Graham Harman.
Even though, per our raison d’être, Phil Percs is an autonomous collective (strictly speaking, an anarchosyndicalist commune)*, people have tended to send me requests for guest posts and joining as authors. But any of the active authors can handle this kind of thing, And James Rocha has keys to the hood. So bug him especially.
I realize that withdrawal to do more philosophy is a luxury and privilege at every point in history, including and especially now. But (1) part of the point of politics is to realize a world where politics is not omnipresent, and (2) for some of us less slacktivism is consistent with more activism. On this latter, note that the heart of the New Testament is in Matthew 25:
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
Sometimes to realize these things a little more in your life you have to shut up a bit and instead find ways to do more of what needs to be done.
*We take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week, but all the decision of that officer have to be ratified at a special biweekly meeting. By a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs, but by a two-thirds majority in the case of more--]