Back To Life

Back To Reality

2022/05/04 English

I read Joseph Heath's "Enlightenment 2.0". I can't do reading if my mood doesn't fit the book, but this book came into my selfish head smoothly so I could enjoy reading it. I remembered my high school days. Once I had believed that the adults around me must be idiots. I was once the person with such a shameless or overbearing head. At that period, I liked reading Masahiko Shimada and (so you may say that I liked JUST such a writer as Masahiko Shimada) hated the Japanese people's closed mood which liked the intimacy of 'villages' or 'communities'. Yes, this is a banal story that can happen usually. I might become do shit posts if Twitter were available in that era.

"Enlightenment 2.0" is the book that lets us stop believing the power of ration or our heads themselves too much. That kind of 'over believing' human ratio was once realized as the 'Enlightenment 1.0', which was spread in the 18th century. But Joseph Heath referees our history and tries to learn from Edmund Burke, who was the person who criticized the Enlightenment. The attitude of believing ratio too much, or the one which believes we can solve all problems by logical thinking or the ratio doesn't have any reality. That means that we forgot the basic fact of a 'human being is an animal that can make mistakes'. Joseph Heath shows that fact. According to many data, he says that human beings are not rational. Therefore this book is great.

I had time so I read another book, which is "Intelligence as autism" by Eiko Ikegami. This book contains four episodes about four autistic people. They have rich senses typical people don't have, and the four people try to express by their ways. For example, one tries to do so on Second Life, and then another tries to do it by drawing manga. This can make a gap between typical people and autistic people. Because it can provide that feeling of "They are not like us". Or even autistic people themselves, people can think like "I don't have such a great talent as them" and make the gap. Very delicate problem.

Ikegami tries to discuss such a delicate problem with her rich knowledge and good discussions. Autistic people get sick because of their rich (or 'too much') senses. Ikegami stays by their sickness and tries to find the world they can express their talents as possible as they can. Therefore Eiko Ikegami tries to use Second Life, and also approaches autistic people and seeks possibilities. Very kind and great book. This book will make us understand autism well. It is reasonable so I recommend this book to the readers of this journal. I have got a lot from this book, as a reader who reads a lot of books with crazy passion.