Title: Sport 21: Spring 1998

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, October 1998, Wellington

Part of: Sport

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Sport 21: Spring 1998

[6] The Dogmatics

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[6] The Dogmatics

This lot are holding us back. We're all scared of complexity but this track is a dead end. Here are a couple of natural remedies for dogmatism that I reckon are worth trying (knick knack paddywack give a dog a bone):
  • 1. an exercise regime of very hard thinking followed by a long shower of very loose thinking and so on & so on —
  • 2. daring to say ‘I don't know’. This is a potion which no dogmatic in his own home, in a weight's room, in his right mind, having a high time on his high horse, would probably ever be able to swallow. It's beyond all reason. It's probably out of the question, if there is a question?

A good question comes from Hélène Cixous, a French writer. She asks: ‘What would become of — the great philosophical systems, of world order in general, if the rock* upon which they founded their church were to crumble?’

Her answer is: ‘All the stories will be told differently, the future will be incalculable, the historical forces will change hands, bodies; another thinking, as yet unthinkable, will transform the functioning of all society.’ Oh yes. Yes.

* rock (and track) = if one thing is good or right, the other or opposite thing must be bad or wrong.