Post #001: A blog for my obsessions

London, November 11, 2016

Communicating one’s own ideas – if one has any – is a challenge that requires the talent to express them with clarity, and the appropriate means to do so. Setting up and feeding a personal blog is a suitable outlet for communicating ideas that are not necessarily academic or subject to peer-review, but still maintain an elementary academic justification in their deployment and/or might be of interest to scholars.

This blog will be a small resource of my views and interests. Or, more accurately, this blog will be a small resource of how I ride the wave of my obsessions; an organized collection of traces.

You will not find any sort of political ideas or opinions in this blog [1]. My obsessions lay within a triangle defined by three vertices; three values I inherited from my untypical childhood and my aberrant undergraduate studies: (i) the “work” one delivers (as a product of labour or as a life’s output and as an inheritance to the next generation), (ii) the “language” one serves (particularly with regards to the understanding of its structural and functional depth) and (iii) the “man” one becomes (in view of the human nature and its ethos, with a particular interest on biographical perspectives of such) [2]. My blog posts will fumble these three vertices, primarily as an attempt to exercise my judgement and renew my perspective towards them, and secondarily as an excuse to communicate ideas that I consider of interest for a specific audience.

I do not intend to produce lengthy essays or opportunistic commentaries. This is why, in terms of their particulars, I have decided to maintain the blog posts’ length to a maximum of 500 words (including title, notes and citation), and to keep up posting on a monthly basis. Illustrations, photos, videos and/or audio files might be included in these posts, and their legends or links will count towards the aforementioned word limit. At the end of the day, clarity – both in its contemporary as well as in its Middle English meaning [3] – can be achieved with brief passages, as long as the latter are coherent and appropriately inspired.

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Notes: [1]: allowing myself this sole note on the issue, I would like to record that I am deeply worried about the way “digital democracy” has evolved over the last decade, as well as that I classify myself as a self-muted supporter of liberal conservatism, but I do not qualify myself as of worthy preparation in publicly expressing any sort of political opinion; [2]: in Greek, these three values are reflected by the terms “έργο”, “γλώσσα”, and “άνθρωπος”; [3]: the word “clarity” (Latin: “claritas”, meaning “clear”) had the meaning of “glory, divine splendour” in its Middle English (the English language of the period c.1150-c.1475) version.

Citation: Zarros A. Post #001: A blog for my obsessions. azarros.info/blog 2016; 11-Nov.