9.01.2005We are the shit sculptors.
1 - The brain is a bodily organ, closer in kind to the stomach than to a computer.
2 - The stomach, like all bodily organs, is functional in design. It accepts a certain kind of formatted input (chewed food), subjects it to a certain amount of processing (digestion), and gets rid of the byproducts (shit, or at least the unabsorbed precursor to shit).
3 - The brain, likewise, accepts formatted input (sensory information), subjects it to a certain amount of processing (cognition), and gets rid of the byproducts (thought).
4 - The processing of the brain doesn't yield substantive (physical) byproducts but meaningful (informational) byproducts, in the form of thoughts. Meaningful byproducts aren't released through any sphincter, but through language.
5 - Thinking is shit. Language is an asshole.
6 - Shitting is a bodily function that most people handle privately and without much consideration. Similarly, people don't handle thinking with much consideration; yet thinking cannot be private. A person will let their brain shit all over the place without thinking anything of it.
7 - Shitting is not itself bad; it is natural. Rolling in your own shit is bad. Someone who cannot control their thoughts is akin to someone who cannot control their colon and does not bother cleaning up.
8 - Philosophers are in the business of taking the muddled thoughts and language of the ordinary person, cleaning it up and shaping it into a workable and reasonable form.
We are the shit sculptors.