Deleuze — Deserted Islands — focus on Originary Islands

February 13, 2009

There are two different types of islands.  Originary and Continental.  Continental islands have drifted away from a continent or main land, and originary islands have punched up through the ocean ( The constructive nature of a growing coral reef or compiled and consolidated mass of sediments.)

All islands are considered deserted as a philosophical view (see deleuze) even if they are inhabited by humans and other species.  In the most ideal philosophical thought, humans can only inhabit deserted islands if they are sufficient and absolute creators.  

Humans which come to live on islands, in turn, give islands a “dynamic image of itself” by becoming a consciousness to the movement which produced the island (continental or originary).  THrough human inhabitants, islands become conscious of themselves as deserted and unpeopled, which we as humans know is not a reality but is still a valid consciousness of an island.  (an island, in western thought, being an inanimate object and therefore unable to posess a consciousness only granted to animate life.)  looking at indigenous cultures and non-western traditional thought one begins to uncover this understanding of land is inaccurate and a production of capitalism.  the island does have a consciousness produced by a movement.  the people are not the islands reality and are seemingly only a dream since islands believe they are deserted and unable to sustain people in a … sense.  thereofre, making of the island is only the dream of humans and a pure consciousness of the island.  this can be concluded when one reduces themselves to the movement which brought them to a place (an island).  

humans on islands can do the opposite of what the island did.  they can create on one that has drifted away and they can drift towards one that is originary.  

(the human can move in the opposite way the island did exist in their place.  a human may drift to an originary island and an island which in western thought, makes not sense of having a consciousness.)

“human beings live there already, but uncommon humans, they are absolutely separate, absolute creators, in short, an idea of humanity, a prototype, a man who would almost be a god, a woman who would be a goddess, a great Amnesiac, a Pure Artist, a consciousness of Earth and ocean, an enormous hurricane, a beautiful witch, a statue from the Easter Islands.  There you have a human being who precedes itself, insofar as it imagines and reflects itself in its first movement.”

“It is not enough that everything begin, everything must begin again once the cycle of possible combinations has come to a completion.  The second moment does not succeed the first: it is the reappearance of the first when the cycle of the other moments has been completed.  The second origin is thus more essential than the first, since it gives us the law of repetition, the law of the series, whose first origin gave us only moments.  But this theme, even more than in our fantasies, finds expression in every mythology.” p.13

“In the ideal of beginning a new there is something that precedes the beginning itself…” p.14

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