A Secular Prayer

A Secular Prayer

We like the work of Rosi Braidotti. A great introduction to her work would be the book Nomadic Theory. In the last chapter, titled A Secular Prayer, Braidotti takes a turn away from the heavy lifting that takes place in the previous chapters and offers something of a biographical reflection — a conversation of sorts with her uncle Romano a "man of God". She writes, 

A secular prayer, for a nomadic materialist, is an intensification of the inner and outer gaze—a renewed focus one applies to the cumulated existence, the joys and sufferings of another. It expresses a threshold of sustainable relations but also a public acknowledgement of that relation, of the bond that ties us together. Our connection was postulated on the fact that we actually did not agree on everything and needed to work at finding a common ground, a plane of consistent presence that cut across differences of space and time and made a dialogue between us possible. Sustaining and rejoicing in that relational bond turned into a lifelong project of affirmation through joint action. A prayer is a line of flight, an outstretched hand that connects us at the speed of light across the infinitesimal distance of the heavens. Speech without word, my prayer is an acceleration that makes time stand still. The crystallisation of a deep affinity, a secular prayer enacts a magical refraction of the skylight even among these frozen stones, in the twilight between the no longer and the not yet. So much to say and yet, no, I never thought it would come to this....

A maxim is just another word for a secular prayer. It is a statement or expression of our shared desire in the sense of potentia. It is also an act of faith in our capacity to make a difference and as such it is an expression of generosity and love of the world. It is also a plea, an open question, a reading out, or an invitation to the cosmic dance. It is an imperative, an injunction to endure in the sense both of lasting in time and of suffering in space, but it is also a spiritual gesture, a declaration of love. It is a political act of defiance against social norms and resistance against the inertia of habits and settle inventions. More importantly, it is an act of politics as autopoiesis, or affirmative self creation, not of an automised self, or a operate individual, but rather as a collective, multirelational nomadic subject open to different speeds and intensities of becoming. “Do it!” is an utterance where endurance and sustainability intersect in producing an impersonal or collective mode of singularity; the stark tone cuts down the sentimentality of dominant visions of the philosopher as well as the overstated authority of the master whose dogmatism and narcissism becomes sources of veneration. In that respect, the ethical injunction to “just do it,” to be active in the world, is the opposite of the mots d’ordre of the political slogan. There is no ideological assurance here of a teleological ordained trajectory, just the humility to get on with the task, though the final destination may not be very clear. All that matter is the going, the movement.
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