The structurality of structure…has always been neutralized or reduced by a process of giving it a center or a referring it to a point of presence, a fixed origin. The function of this center is not only to orient, balance, and organised the structure…but above all to make sure that the organizing principle of the structure would limit…the play of the structure.
….It was necessary to begin thinking that there was no center, that the center could not be thought in the form of a present-being, that center had no natural site, that it was not a fixed locus but a function, a sort of non-locus in which an infinite number of sign-substitutions came into play. This was the moment when language invaded the universal problematic, the moment when, in the absence of a center or origin, everything became discourse.
~ Jacques Derrida, ‘Structure, sign and play in the discourse of the human sciences’
My time these days have been largely spent apartment hunting. Consequently I have little time (or when I have the time, little mental energy) to focus on writing. So here i offer a quote by Derrida instead (one that in my opinion explains, among other phenomena, how someone such as Trump can actually be a serious contender for the U.S. presidency). It is also an excuse for my woeful neglect in keeping up with my reading of others’ blogs, which hopefully I can remedy to some degree this weekend.
Living on a small fixed income, finding acceptable accommodations in the Puget Sound region that fit within my budget is no easy task, although, at the same time, I do have the flexibility of not having to be at the whims of the need for employment. There are much worse things than have to tootle around the Cascade Mountains or Olympic Peninsula, so I am not complaining. The photograph was taken on the deck of the ferry while waiting to leave Coupeville for Port Townsend.