Monday, June 08, 2020
It is my pleasure, and my honor, as an officer of the Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] Office of Public Liaison, and as a voting member of F.E.D., to share, with you, from time to time, as they are approved for public release by the F.E.D. General Council, key excerpts from the internal writings, and from the internal sayings, of our co-founder, Karl Seldon.
This latest release is posted below [Some E.D. standard edits have been applied, in the version presented below, by the editors of the F.E.D. Special Council for the Encyclopedia, to the direct transcript of our co-founder’s discourse].
In this text, Seldon describes the nature of healthy human creativity, in his view, and the ways in which that kind of creativity is thwarted by the prevailing, capital-relation-compromised human phenome.
“Our contemporary society harnesses human creativity for expanded surplus-value production -- for profit; for monetary reward.”
“That form of society pushes for profit, status, fame, and power to become the sole motives for human creativity.”
“But these motives are not healthy motives for human creativity. Such motives tend to overwhelm the ‘‘‘for-itself’’’, for universal benefit, use-value and gift-value motives for creativity that have deep historical roots in the human genome, as well as in ‘the human phenome’, imposing, in their place, taints of an ulterior and mercenary character.”
“Such motives lead to an unhealthy creativity, and even to an other-destructive and self-destructive way of life.”
“Thus, healthy creativity is itself a creative discovery on the part of a creative individual in our society.”
“The way of life of healthy creativity is a trans-cultural discovery with respect to our contemporary, capitalist culture. It is a discovery beyond what our present culture inculcates in us. It represents growth into transcendence of the presently prevailing ‘human phenome’, ‘the human phenome’ as adapted to the capital-value-relation as predominant social relation of social reproduction. ”
For more information regarding these Seldonian insights, please see --
For partially pictographical, ‘poster-ized’ visualizations of many of these Seldonian insights -- specimens of ‘dialectical art’ -- see:
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Participant, F.E.D. Special Council for Public Liaison,
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.