Wednesday, 7 March 2012
The Everyday Life
What is the everyday life? Interestingly we were discussing this in depth this week and I found it most thought provoking. Do we regard the everyday life as a problem? Or is it an asset that leads to many self discoveries? Personally, I find the mundane, habitual realities of my everyday life to be a welcome break from the worries and concerns of simply surviving, I have my best creative revelations in those moments of routine. Vacuuming, hanging the washing out, doing the dishes are all part of the quotidian. I believe humanity needs this quotidian as it is a way of us 'coping' with all the hideous things that are happening in our world. I question the critical thinkers who believe that habitual nature of the everyday life is a problem and leads to nowhere....shouldn't we value the opportunity to zone out, meditate, and clear our brains of all the clutter around us? Think about this when you are cleaning your teeth in the morning......Check out Rita Felski's paper, 'The Invention of Everyday Life.'