A Categorical Imperative

I spent a recent weekend discussing matters of a philosophical sense, and in the process found myself giving advice, as many of us are wont to do.  This is where my trouble began, and why we are now contemplating here the results of that action.  Let us muse: a year ago, I wiped clean the slate of years of work and dedication to a casual word form that gave me much satisfaction – blogging.  I fell victim to that small voice many of us become acquainted with throughout our public lives, the one that whispers judgments and verdicts without authority to do so.  In one fell swoop, I removed a part of my very identity in order to protect my privacy.  Since then, I’ve slogged through life, encouraging others to speak their truths and chase their dreams, follow their passions and overcome their challenges, but have neglected to apply my words to my own experiences.

Kant’s kategorischer Imperativ suggests that one should act as they would want others to act towards all.  Certainly, I am muddying his meaning in applying a moral universal law to this particular situation, but our takeaway should be that lives are too short to live according to the whims of others, and it’s certainly hypocritical to encourage a particular line of thought without aligning one’s own actions to one’s proselytization.  This is a convoluted way to announce what is certainly obvious by now: in 2018, I vow to resume blogging.

Whereas my tedious point takes liberties with Kantian ethics, the philosopher and I can more closely agree on matters of a more fashionable sense.  My lifestyle has changed and I find it pointless to adhere to many of the unique style choices I previously made or commit to a ‘blind’ imitation of fast-fashion for short-lived gratification, reverting instead to an ‘enlightened’ representation of Mom-casual: neutrals and flats prescribed by my now thirty-something-year-old habits.  However, Simmel (1983) made an observation regarding fashion and Kant’s Critique of Judgment Power.  He posits that “fashion is a living antimony” (that is from the Greek: anti and monos, or not alone) which “does not have to make up its mind whether to be or not to be, because it can both be and not be at the same time.”  I am entering this new era without expectation or promise, but I do commit to face the being without regret, as I would want others to do the same.  I hope that you’ll experience this with me.

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Throwback to a time when blogging was a priority and sweats with loafers was my passion

 

Simmel, G. 1983b. Die Mode. In G. Simmel. PhilosophischeKultur.  Berlin: Wagenbac

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