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“Absence of emotions neither causes nor promotes rationality. […] In order to respond reasonably one must first of all be ‘moved,’ and the opposite of emotional is not ‘rational,’ whatever that may mean…”

— Arendt, ‘On Violence’, in Crises of the Republic

Sep 29, 2020

Everyday speech is “instrumental” rather than “expressive”, intended to achieve a goal rather than simply to tell one’s own truth. When we speak instrumentally, we try to influence the listener by informing or affirming or rebuking or making common cause. But when we speak expressively, we speak to express the truth within us, honoring the inner teacher by letting it know that we are attending to its voice.

— Parker J. Palmer (A Hidden Wholeness)

Sep 18, 2020

Ecological design is not so much an individual art practiced by individual designers as it is an ongoing negotiation between a community and the ecology of particular places.”

— David W. Orr

“[The reflective practitioner] allows himself to experience surprise, puzzlement, or confusion in a situation which he finds uncertain or unique.

Sep 18, 2020

Ecological awareness will arise only when we combine our rational knowledge with an intuition for the non-linear nature of our environment.”

— Fritjof Capra (The Turning Point)

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