Have strangely colored creatures been inspecting you today?
We ask because we’ve seen some looking us up, down, around
and from the back with such impertinence we thought to contact
some authority whose expertise was pertinent to knowing what
the habits and the dangers of a strangely colored creature were –
presumably then offering a context for inquiring about their
motives to determine if they meant us harm – or if behind
their patent charm (they seemed so smarmily flirtatious as they
all but leered at us) there might be reason for alarm. Who knows,
for instance, what such colored creatures eat? Perhaps they were
inspecting us because we looked a treat! One, in fact, was gazing
rather longingly at our semi- bare and sandaled feet. We only
wondered if you saw them too. In our opinion they appeared
too new to trust. We know that Self requires the Existence
of the Other as an entity, a counterpart to framing the identity
of Self: Hegel said it must. (We used to labor over Hegel over
coffee and a bagel.) But this Defining Other was a Something Else.
We didn’t like not knowing what it was. We suppose that Other is
as Other does. Whatever Other does or is. All of which is turning
our capacity for critical acuity to fizz. And you – you haven’tsaid a word. Why have you turned away? What have you heard?