Has Otherness Died?


Or just retired? Gone away? Or could it be that we grow tired of seeing ourselves in it — weary of its unknowns, while treasuring the familiar? Can it still challenge our ways of seeing? After all, isn't it just some 'twist' in the natural order of things or to the way things ought to be? Yet it's precisely because of this that it occupies such a special place within the realm of the arts and the sciences. Through them, we venture down its unknown paths to expand our thinking and knowledge around it. 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 another 'twist' in the path, but to slowly transform itself into a deeper perception about the world around us. This is what has made the arts and sciences such defiant soldiers, lobbing missiles into these mysteries and twists in spite of their many unknowns.


Yet after all these centuries, a strife between the arts, myths, and sciences still persists. So in an era of instant 'post-truths', do we even want to grasp 'other' thinking? Does it spell trouble if can no longer understand our own myths and madmen?  

— michael graf