Tuesday, October 14, 2008


[updated 2009 Jan]

>> Faure (2007: 214) "Enacting Collective Memory: Integrating Commnuity into the State"
>> Shifting State Legitimacy
>> Railway Reborn

ch 1 Introduction
Weber: Switchman
The Old man: Railway as mystique

ch 2 Discourse
Wiggenstein: PI

Hegel who can give you divident

ch 3 Ritual
The Mountain Monkey who takes the rail

ch 4 Imagination

"The Imaginations people have of one another are the solid facts of society"
C. H. Cooley, Human Nature and the Social Order

ch 5 Sedimantation and Changing
"The Road Not Taken" Robert Frost
The unrailed Nation ==> The reform and the accident

ch 6 Mediating and Narrating



(I thought that we always think we are living in the same time and the only possible time.
We think that the time and the era we are living in are all the same.
We think that the same time does not repeat itself.
And there is no way people can think that they actually live in different histories.)


Ch 7 Conclusion

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

"Little Gidding" (1942)
(No. 4 of 'Four Quartets')
T.S. Eliot


(艾略特;Chan Hoi Man譯,《啓蒙論》,Page 234)

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.

Burnt Norton (1935)
(No. 1 of 'Four Quartets')
T.S. Eliot

If I Could Tell You

Time will say nothing but I told you so,
Time only knows the price we have to pay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

If we should weep when clowns put on their show,
If we should stumble when musicians play,
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

There are no fortunes to be told, although,
Because I love you more than I can say,
If I could tell you I would let you know.

The winds must come from somewhere when they blow,
There must be reasons why the leaves decay;
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

Perhaps the roses really want to grow,
The vision seriously intends to stay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

Suppose all the lions get up and go,
And all the brooks and soldiers run away;
Will Time say nothing but I told you so?
If I could tell you I would let you know.

W.H. Auden

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