the real problem is taxonomy, not anthropocentrism

Object-Oriented Philosophy

The more time that passes since the advent of the current strains of continental realism (materialism is something else altogether), the more I sense that the central issue has been misunderstood.

The argument has often been made (including by me) that the correlationism/philosophy of access characteristic of modern thought has tended to reduce the world to its appearance to humans.

Many critics have tried to argue (though they are wrong) that this is a straw man, that German Idealism was already beyond this problem, and so forth. But I’m less interested in these people than I am in those who ostensibly accept the Speculative Realist argument, but in my view draw entirely the wrong conclusions from this.

Stated briefly, the problem is not that humans (and sorry, but Heidegger’s Dasein is still human being) have been given too much attention and that we therefore need to shift the balance back…

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Stuff

Two nights ago I had a dream that had a girl I have never met and we hit it off and I felt those “love” feelings before I woke up. It’s terrible to wake from those dreams because they are the only thing more make believe than reality. I also went to Australia with a girl and ended up on stage without a clue as to what I should play. Last night I had a dream my father died somehow and one girl who I used to confide in was a jerk while my ex was kind and sympathetic as a friend (no “love” feelings, just appreciation). Then today I had a horrible time on stage trying to play guitar with this IV in my arm all taped up and being sick so my voice went out badly at one point. But to make it all better, I learned that Dean Lewis is 31 and just dropped his first album and he’s awesome. Maybe I will get back into the studio next winter when school is done. Also, started learning to play violin and I suck horribly right now. I wonder if I will keep it up? Learning a new instrument always make you feel vulnerable because of how horrible at it you are. But I guess it’s the same with everything. Oh yeah and the IV comes out Tuesday morning if all goes well! Sheesh… 20 days by then…

Surviving

Well, I’m finishing day 16 of IV antibiotics and it’s looking like I should be good after this weekend. Glad to be alive but now I’m regretting all the things I’ve been neglecting for the sake of being busy and seeking a mild form of success. I’ve enjoyed playing Minecraft with my kids and taking naps and even watching some anime (don’t judge – and, it’s One Piece). I want to work in music again and just be creative. I miss that last part. I bout some violin lessons and some advanced guitar lessons today. I hope I can put them to use soon.

Recovering

Luckily, the daptomycin I was put on has been working. I’m fever free finally and the swelling is starting to go down. I have to continue on the IV until Wednesday. But today, I managed to play 12 min on the guitar. Of course, I collapsed into a 3 hr nap not too long after that, but it’s progress. (I also made the mistake of picking my son up when he ran to me, out of habit.) To think that the body can get so fragile so quickly…

So far

Well I had a minor procedure where a port was put in my arm on Friday. I had it removed yesterday after my 4th infusion. We’re not sure if the antibiotic is strong enough yet because, while the redness has turned to a pinkish color, the swelling is at a standstill and the pink color has now gotten into my left hand. We may try stronger antibiotics tomorrow if today’s round doesn’t do the trick. It will then be 2 visits to the infusion center a day. But hey, I’m alive still. There’s a plus. This is truly the first time in my life that I have felt the true threat of death. It’s crazy how you can find resolve in these moments.

It Didn’t Shrink

It’s the next morning and the infection spread as much as any other day. I don’t know what this means yet. It will be in my wrist joints tomorrow at this rate. Either I don’t know what to think or I don’t want to think about it. This waiting game is hell.

A Difficult Time

I have recently contracted a staph infection in my left elbow. It’s not being controlled by oral antibiotics so I started IV antibiotics today. If there’s no improvement by Friday evening, I will need surgery. From working in orthopedics over a decade now, I know this can be life threatening. I admit that I’m scared. Not too much yet, but enough for now. I’ve seen people in their 20s die from these types of infections. I can’t share all of this with my family yet, but I’m sure some of them know. Hopefully, the IV antibiotics will work. It’s just a waiting game now.

A Difficult Time

I have recently contracted a staph infection in my left elbow. It’s not being controlled by oral antibiotics so I started IV antibiotics today. If there’s no improvement by Friday evening, I will need surgery. From working in orthopedics over a decade now, I know this can be life threatening. I admit that I’m scared. Not too much yet, but enough for now. I’ve seen people in their 20s die from these types of infections. I can’t share all of this with my family yet, but I’m sure some of them know. Hopefully, the IV antibiotics will work. It’s just a waiting game now.