Eidos of History (a poem): By Assefa Tefera Dibaba (PhD)
In America’s Pragmatism,
the urgent question is “of” individual sanctity
now can be tweeted as:
“what is the Pragmatic or Aesthetic function “of”
ASS HOLE or PUSSY, anyway?”
and “of” the 2 types of Humanity:
the Good Dudes and the Bad Dudes.
In European Phenomenology,
it is about “aboutness,” about, for example,
the 4 kinds of people:
the Ass-holes, the Ass-wipes, the Ass-kissers,
those who shit all over the world and
come home as “Sir”!
some of those exist in the understanding,
some in reality!
persons should be explored
like an uncharted wild terrain—
a person reflects the society he/she lives in.
In an African perspective,
there is only one Human race
in one Home called Dachii, Oikos:
Ume Walaabuu baate—
Creation began at Walaabu!
nutu kana, natu akkana—
We are, therefore, I am!
safuu! oofuu! ubuntu!
We Africans are not uncivilized
We are civilized differently—
with different thought patterns!
simply put, it is
too much a “Progress” folks
too much to cope with
one is too shallow, the other is too deep a “Civilization”
to figure out
and too hard to focus.
Africa, oh Africa
happy to be maladjusted!
Operational Definitions of “Eidos” and “Oikos,” to pave your way:
-for Ronald Barthes “eidos” = appearance, idea, constitutive nature,
-or as a Greek term, it means “form” “essence”, “type” or “species”.
-is a Greek term for English prefix: eco- for “ecology” to refer to three related but distinct concepts: the family, the family’s property, and the house
Who said the ancestry of human knowledge is Greek or Latin anyway?
By Assefa Tefera Dibaba (PhD)
Indiana University, USA