Has Otherness Died?

Image -Michael Graf

Image -Michael Graf

 

Or just retired, gone away? Or could it be that we've grown tired of seeing ourselves in it — weary of its unknowns while treasuring the familiar all too much? Can Otherness still challenge our ways of seeing the ordinary in extraordinary ways? After all, isn't it just some 'twist' in the natural order of things? Yet it's precisely because of this that it occupies a special place within the realms of the Arts & Sciences. Through them, we venture down its unknown paths to expand our thinking and knowledge. The idea of unknowns may seem uncomfortable to some, or perhaps just inconvenient, but it's here where 'Otherness' ceases to be — to no longer be dismissed as just another 'twist' in the natural order, but to slowly transform itself into a more profound possibility about the world around us. This is what has made the Arts & Sciences into such defiant soldiers, lobbing missiles into the many 'twists' we encounter despite the unknowns they may hold.

 
 

Yet after all these centuries, a battle between the Arts & Sciences persists. And in this era of on-demand 'post-truths', do we even want to grasp the possibilities of what 'other' thinking may mean for us? Does it spell trouble if we no longer wish to understand the power of our myths and madmen? So has ‘Otherness’ died… or just gone away?

— michael graf