Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Idling Furnace

Garrison Keillor: "Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people."

PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNAL:  I arrived in the middle of last week's snow storm to catch pictures of the factory yards covered in snow and to see the snow flakes falling in front of old brick.  When I went in to check on casting I found the furnace idling. The furnace idles to avoid the need for priming it.

Can human capacities also be kept idling: social structures, institutions, expertise, values systems - to avoid the need for priming them? - if, in fact, such capacities can ever be primed again once they are lost.

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