Whoever goes in search of humans will find acrobats

Photo on 22-01-2013 at 00.08

Whoever goes in search of humans will find acrobats

I have been reading Peter Sloterdijks “You must change your life“.
It is a book I am struggling with and enjoying, at times I think he is wonderful with a great trun of phrase, at other times I just miss what he’s talking about.

The book is basically an attempt to prove religion doesn’t exist. What is identified as religion or religiousity is not so. Humans have a need to practice, and it is this practice is what is wrongly (in his opinion) identified as religious nature. Therefore spirituality and relgion cease to exist and the enlightenment wins.

IN amungst this he has an analysis of human behaviours which are dominated by polorized classes. Religious culture is polarised between sacred and the profane, economics culture. between wealth and lack and so on. This leads to a situation where humanity esteems the first option and seeks to avoid the second pole.

he calls this verticle tensions. and points out that humand are always seemingly ‘condemned to surrealistic effort’, in relation to being attracted to the esteemed pole. This human effort gives Sloterdijk this beautiful phrase.

Whoever goes in search of humans will find acrobats

If every the human race ever needs summing up for an alien race. I suspect you would be hard pushed to better this.