3 Critical Responses

Viewing Lilla’s response to the work on Kafka’s “Die Verwandlung” (German for “The Metamorphosis”) I was excited to see someone contextualize and discuss the absurdity of the situation given in reference to the idea of bureaucracy being permeated in society – physically manifested in the absurdity of a person awakening to discover they had become in a literal sense, a huge insect. 

and also the existential aspect of the work discussing spirituality..
“First of all, there is the portrayal of the body being disconnected from the soul.”

and secondly, the context proposed that which further here” discovering the parallel lines of alienation, both from self and from society. ” as a fine observation about the piece and in sense of social science.

and,  lastly, I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion forthwith continues the analysis that the book is a piece of “philosophical viewpoints” during a time of social confusion and a work of early postmodernist literature. a complex analysis Lilla, thank you for the well-written post! 

Two. Lucas Walters

Lucas’s posts about mana are intelligent and progressive and as a believer in universal indigeneity, and the discussion of place and society in place for a return to values e.g. Maoridom – Mana.

Mana is an important reality to understand especially from the perspective of the rangatira. and the idea of practicing and owning one’s own spirituality, instead of giving into the given MacDonalds and the easy option.

I particularly liked this section of the post
“First, that you embody the people who have contributed to where you are now and so in respect for them you respect yourself and act in accordance that other people will respect you and in turn respect the people you represent.” – an apt description of Mana and what it should be today. 

Three. Madi Maclaurin

Tayi Tibbi’se’s Identity politics is referential New Zealand poetry and an ode to a social response: The collective loss of culture and the cultural westernization being experienced by the Maori tribes and peoples in Aotearoa (which is still vastly occurring!). In particular  I would like to respond to the excerpt I found fascinating…

“The poem likely stems from the pressure placed on many Maori people to move away from rural communities in search of work or higher education and the consequent weakening of cultural ties that follow.”

as I did not know the extent of the loss of culture, identity, and reality and the ways that people were still experiencing, Tibble’s “metaphor for finding her identity in modern society. ” is a cry for a response from humanity.

thank you Madi for reminding me to see before, a world that changes before us, and to remind us to look at what occurs before it’s gone.


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