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Re: lexicon

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Monday, June 2, 2003, 20:45
Quoting J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>:

> some form >of art... our defense against "wilderness." > > "Our"? Who is "we" in this case? Perhaps "defense against > wilderness" is > one of Western Civilisation's many chthonic preoccupations. > Nowadays it seems more like "defense against monotony" vs. > "defense > against the Other".
What are we meaning by "wilderness" here? Chinese, Feng Shui-y, gardening seems to me like a perfect example of art as "defense against wilderness"; nature itself reordered to boot out disorder and maligncy. I'll happily admit that I'm unfamiliar with Chinese thinking/philosophy, but the outer form here strikes me as fitting perfectly in Sally's box. You apparently think differently - care to elaborate? Andreas