hedgehog对《Humanist Geography》的笔记(14)

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Humanist Geography
  • 书名: Humanist Geography
  • 作者: Yi-Fu Tuan
  • 副标题: An Individual's Search for Meaning
  • 页数: 216
  • 出版社: University of Wisconsin Presscart
  • 出版年: 2012-9-21
  • 第3页
    Let's say that our life span is the biblical "three-score and ten"; that is, seventy years. Seventy years translate into approximately 600,000 hours. Subtract a third of that time for sleep, and we have 400,000 hours left to do what we need or like to do. Now, if we work full-time for fifty years, we will have spent something like 150,000 hours earning our daily bread; 250,000 hours remain during which we live and live it up: eat, socialize, go to the movies, watch television, play golf, potter around, daydream. A practical course in college can be of use to us in the working life but impractical for the rest. Humanist geography, by contrast, is impractical for the working life but poractical for the days, hours, half-hours that are our own, when we are free. How so? It empowers us to be engaged productively with certain questions that are incumbent upon us as thinking men and women to raise - and to raise them with a sense of urgency, for our time on Earth as individual is the briefest. The questions are: "What is it - what does it mean - to be human? More specifically, what does being human mean for me?"
    2013-05-14 15:10:03 回应
  • 第33页
    Where geographic distance is unavailable, the advantage of maintaining a certain distance translates into a need of privacy: a space of one's own in which to reflect, recuperate, plan, and lluxuriate in just being one's self or possibly to reconcile the self's differnt modds and personas.
    2013-05-17 15:03:57 回应
  • 第39页
    In time, the word "individualism" has come to mean not the realization of an individual's potential - including the potential to be wise and good - but mere selfishness. A historical process that , over the centuries, has allowed human beings to become more fully themselves is thus seen in a negative light. The modern cosmopolitan city, in particular, is all too commonly regarded as the place where the ego is allowed full play to the detriment of communal bond.
    2013-05-21 14:40:19 回应
  • 第43页
    The city is at the other end in scale from the family, to which I gave attention earlier. Contrary to popular depictions of these two social entities and in order to introduce a better balance in perceived value between them, I chose to emphasize disconnectedness within the familly and connectedness within the city. The larger thesis is that, for humans, no matter what the warmth and duration of human contact and what the size of the group, a periodic sense of isolation is inescapable; it is no less than the human condition.
    2013-05-22 15:45:16 回应
  • 第49页
    Sloth, the last of the seven sins, is both a moral and an intellectual failing. It shows ingratitude for existence; it wastes the gifts of senses and mind that; properly used, reveal to us "the many splendored" work of creation; and it denies our nature as a active being, capable of evil but also of good.
    2013-05-24 11:06:04 回应
  • 第57页
    Greed is an egregious temptation fo civilizations. Those who have want more. It can be an addiction beyond control......I remembered that I, at my acquisitive peak, owned some 10,000 books, of which I couldn't have read more than a thousand from cover to cover. Why couldn't I control the itch to buy? Was it a feeling of emptiness that needed filling? Was it a desire to be admired for my catholic learning that a book-lined study might convey? And won't that desire itself be evidence of an underdeveloped, needy self.
    2013-05-24 11:49:30 回应
  • 第61页
    It is human to focus on the good and forget the evil that precedes it and that, in some sense, makes it possible. A reason for this is that we are makers of things, and in making - and not just in cooking, as I expatiated eariler - destruction necessarily precedes construction. Only God creates ex nihilo. Humans can only create out of something that already exists, which means thre has to be an earlier destruction phase. To make even the simplest bench a tree must fall.
    2013-05-24 11:52:39 回应
  • 第83页
    Consider two very different kinds of music made a thousand years apart and for very different purposes: the Gregorian chant of the Middle Ages and hard rock of our time. For all their differences the two musical modes produce a similar social effect, which is the loss of self in the whole. In regard to Gregorian chant, the effect is aided by the church's stone walls, which absorb high frequencies and produce long reverberations, with the result that chants appear to come from no particular point to bathe the congregation a warmly flowing rhythms, making it feel "one". As for rock, the electronically amplified boom on stage overcomes the audience, reducing it to a sweating, gyrating mass, in which the sense of being an isolated individual is blissfully drowned.
    2013-05-28 17:23:10 回应
  • 第94页
    Words designate, but they also evoke a sense of something, and, when they do, they function as metaphors. Why isn't plain designation enough? Why can't words just have a literal meaning? The answer is that we are just not that sort of creature. We need to have a feeling for the objects around us, and one way to do so is to use words that are metaphorical. Topographical features, for example, are understandable and familiar to us - humanized - when we are able to link them to our own anatomy; and so we speak of the "spine" of a mountain, the "head" or "mouth" of a river, and an "arm" of the sea. Another challenge for us is to understand phenomena that are complex and ineffable. Metaphors come to the rescue in the form of simple, yet suggestive, images: God is mighty fortress, a life is a river, and a man is either wa wolf or a lamb.
    2013-05-30 15:22:52 回应
  • 第99页
    As technology gives us more power, what begins as a kinesthetic experience (throwing a stone) turns into visual perception (the arrow flying into the air) and, eventually, into an abstract understanding spatial extent. In other words, space as felf diminishes.
    2013-06-02 16:19:11 回应
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