everything shuts down over easter, so that people can... do stuff, i guess. i'm not real big on easter or xmas, so none of it makes much sense to me. the idea that a whole city virtually closes down because of the majority and their religion, still shows, however, just how important religion is. john howard can not meet with the dalai lama, but he dare not close down easter.
does this have a point. in a lazy way, yes.
quote: 'the city always had relations with society as a whole, with it's constituting elements (countryside and agriculture, offensive and defensive force, political power, States, ect.), and with its history. it changes when society as a whole changes. yet the city's transformations are not the passive outcomes of changes in the social whole. the city also depends as essentially on relations of immediacy, of direct relations between persons and groups which make up society (families, organised bodies, crafts and guilds, ect.). furthermore, it is not reduced to the organisation of these immediate and direct relations, nor is metamorphoses to their changes. it is situated at an interface, half-way between what is called the near order (relations of individuals in groups of variable size, more or less organized and structured, and the relations of these groups among themselves), and the far order, that of society, regulated by large and powerful institutions (church and state), by a legal code formalised or not, by a 'culture' and significant ensembles endowed with powers, by which the far order projects itself at this 'higher' level and imposes itself. abstract, formal, supra-sensible and transcending in appearances, it is not conceptualized beyond ideologies (religious and political). it includes moral and legal principles. this far order projects itself into the practico-material reality and becomes visible by writing itself within this reality. it persuades through and by the near order, which confirms its compelling power.'
henri lefebvre, Writings on Cities.
i read such interesting things, don't i.
i am too lazy to draw the connections between that quote and easter right now, but i think it speaks fairly clearly, though there are of course questions to be raised. (is the state representing the wills of the people, or what it thinks should be the wills of them? and so on and so forth.)
all food for thought. all food. all thought. all... there...