Creativity doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.*
The Neighbour as a Stranger bears on the mundane realm of the city. Awareness of, encounters with, addressing others unlike oneself – all constitute the ethics which civilises. Indifference to strangers, because they are incomprehensibly strange, degrades the ethical character of the city.**
Our greatest achievements will be those accomplished
Indeed they may well be our
Variation is the life of prose, in length and in structure^ –
This is true of human life as well as our writings.
And whilst an important human trait is
our individual desire to grow and develop, yet
the truly improved self show itself in its interactions with others.^^
We have a saying:
“They are so into themself,”
But this is ego-waylaid improvement, and life-in-all-its-fullness
is discovered when
we are out of ourselves and into others.
*Seth Godin’s The Practice;
**Richard Sennett’s Building and Dwelling;
^Verlyn Klinkenborg’s Several short sentences about writing;
^^Anna Katharina Schaffner’s The Art of Self Improvement.