About ¤

This Paul Harrison was born in England in August of the year 1989; on a Monday around 9:00 am. My formal and institutionalized education is in Fine Art and Philosophy and of course is ongoing. I have an abundance of experience in teaching English as a Second Language and have lived/studied/worked in Japan, Belgium, and China/Taiwan … I will be forever indebted to the city of Sheffield and Hallam University and Shane English School in Tokyo for nurturing a desire to learn… one which I continue to seek to replicate in others. This blog is an archive for my activities and serves as a neutral space and archive in which I am free to communicate with ideas and other people.

Why #Metanoeticmadness? One of the driving forces for the decision to go and live and work in Japan was Buddhism. I read about Zen Master Dōgen on Wikipedia as a young man and then discovered the mysterious philosophy of Metanoetics [μετανόησις] and in Tanabe Hajime’s Japanese: zangedō 懺悔道. You can read a more detailed description of this thinking here {<<>>}. Metanoetics is simply the idea that an individual will necessarily have to confess the limits of their reasoning at some point in time; and indeed this is a very good process. I used this to describe madness because I think this word describes a state of nature that embraces a much larger set of potentiality and probability. Also, in English the word can be used to express a kind of positive disbelief in something which is also an extremely useful process.

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