Arquivo para September 14th, 2018

Truth and deeds

14 Sep

 It may seem strange to the modern discourse that the truth is beyond the facts, it is because what is factual is considered what would be beyond acting and thinking, but it is not, would say the Brazilian writer Rubem Alves: “Beauty is beyond words “.

That is why Heidegger, Gadamer, and Byung-Chul Han and others, of course, could not speak of the truth without ceasing to keep the work of art in mind, not for the idealistic conception of “beauty” but for that which is between action and contemplation.

One of the most beautiful arts that is theater, not coincidentally has pieces divided into “acts”, but that should not be called re-presentation, presentation only, see it live is almost an imposition, see it filmed becomes something else or cinema or television, now Web videos, which are successful, but this yes are re-presentations, with many fakes.

And what should direct our actions, is in the previous post to quotation from Gadamer: ” what man needs is not only the persistent positioning of fundamental questions, but the sense of what is feasible, what is possible, what is correct, here and now “(Gadamer, 1987) and not a new modern mythology.

The truth of the acts has always been difficult to accept and even understand for men, what has always been “beyond words” in the acts, says the evangelist Mark (8: 27-29) about the acts of Jesus and that his disciples attended: “Who do men say that I am?” They answered, “Some say that you are John the Baptist; others that are Elijah; others, still, that you are one of the prophets.” Then he asked, “And you, who do you say that I am?” Even though they doubted Peter said he was the Messiah, but they said “he does all things well.”

The post-factual or post-truth today is only shocking nowadays by the number of narratives and the number of people capable of following modern pseudo-mythologies, they want only the facts that are appropriate, but the coherence of the acts remains as rare as it was in all the history.

The Brazilian educator Paulo Freire gives the sentence: “It is fundamental to reduce the distance between what is said and what is done, in such a way that in a given moment your speech is your practice”.