Unreal Nature

June 28, 2011

To Discard

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… What once was valuable is worthless; the desirable now offends; the beautiful now is seen as ugly.

This is the second of two posts today from the chapter “The Propagation of Things” in The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things by George Kubler (1962):

… The decision to discard something is far from being a simple decision. Like each fundamental type of action, it appears in the experience of every day. It is a reversal of values. Though the thing once was necessary, discarded it becomes litter or scrap. What once was valuable is worthless; the desirable now offends; the beautiful now is seen as ugly.

… In the subjective order an act of discard relates to the ends of durations, just as an act of invention initiates them. … The act of discard corresponds to a terminal moment in the gradual formation of a state of mind. This attitude is compounded of familiarity and discontent: the user of an object knows its limitations and its incompleteness. The thing meets only a past need without corresponding to new needs. The user becomes aware of possible improvements in merely noting the lack of correspondence between things and needs.

-Julie

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