By Steve Stack

A fond farewell to the various inanimate items, cultural icons and common stuff round us that locate themselves at the verge of exctinction.

There are many millions of endangered species on this planet. should you comprise animals, bugs and vegetation then approximately three species develop into extinct each hour of each day. That's virtually 27,000 a 12 months. each the sort of is, after all, a tragedy yet, let's be sincere, we haven't fairly spotted. while the final Bolivian centipede pops his hundred clogs it truly is unhappy yet makes bugger all distinction to our day-by-day lives. So this booklet isn't approximately them. Steve Stack in its place investigates the various inanimate gadgets, the unsung cultural icons of society, which don't characteristic on any endangered record, don't have humans elevating cash on highway corners on their behalf, don't function in documentaries narrated through David Attenborough, yet are only as more likely to turn into extinct. Many have already got. Coke can ring pulls, mobile bins, VHS, cassette tapes, village publish places of work, the attempt card, hand-written letters, Spangles, vintage television tube advertisements of yesteryear, Whizzer & Chips - all of those and plenty of many extra are bid a fond farewell during this affectionate, yet just a little irreverent tribute.

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Water and fire present only their negative and destructive connotations, not the positive ones of purification and regeneration. By associations, only the tragic and mournful connotations are investigated: such is the construction put upon flowers and animals, for example. In the same way, this kind of interpretation overruns the object, altering it wherever necessary to fit abnormal symbols. Houses lose their doors and windows (symbols of openings, outlets, hopes of salvation); trees lose their leaves and never bear fruit.

Landrit insists that ‘symbolism is the science of the relations which unite the created world with God, the material world with the supernatural; the science of the harmonies existing between the diverse parts of the universe (correspondences and analogies)’, operating within the process of involution, that is, of the materiality of all things. Here we must interpose a distinction and a clarification. Erich Fromm (23), steering his course along the normal channels of symbolic knowledge, lays down three kinds of symbol which are different in degree: (a) the conventional, (b) the accidental, (c) the universal.

Even if, within these limitations, ‘an object transmuted into a symbol—as a result of its being possessed by the symbolic function—tends to unite with the All . . this union is not the same as a confusion, for the symbol does not restrict movement or circulation from one level to another, and integrates all these levels and planes (of reality), but without fusing them—that is, without destroying them’, integrating them, in short, within a system. On the other hand, Eliade believes that if the All can appear contained within a significant fragment, it is because each fragment restates the All: ‘A tree, by virtue of the power it manifests, may become a blessed THE ‘COMMON RHYTHM’ OF SCHNEIDER xxxii haven, without ceasing to be a tree; and if it becomes a cosmic tree it is because what it manifests restates, point by point, what the totality manifests’ (17).

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