HYBRID

Miniatures for my maîtresse 9

Which creature, more hybrid than the cat! What makes our cat human, is a feeling for reciprocity – a do ut des: small, grey mice are offered to us in exchange for a caress or for a little dish of his daily victuals. Unprecedentedly bestial, though, he is in the manner in which he first stalks his little prey, then pounces it. Yesterday, I felt a lump rising in my throat, experiencing a shock between two aesthetics: on the one hand, the splendour of his elegant, feline body, its undulating lushness with which it offers its presents; on the other hand, the heart-breaking beauty of the rather large ears on that tiny, sad dead mouse’s body. Our condition humaine exists in regarding such a situation in terms of choice: to be for or against one of these two forms of beauty. The hybrid nature of the cat fuses both in one majestic cycle.

Sierksma, Haarlem 15.11/1989 

Author: rjsiersk

Sierksma was born in Friesland, a 'county' in the northern part of the Netherlands with its own language which he does not speak and with an obstinate population to which he both belongs and does not belong. A retired Professor of Social Philosophy and Aesthetics, as a Harkness fellow he taught at Rutgers and Berkeley Universities in the USA, and at GUAmsterdam and TUDelft in the Netherlands. In 1991 he was awarded his PhD from Leiden University on the subject of 'Surveillance and Task: Labour Discipline between Utilitarianism and Pragmatism'. His books include Minima Memoria (1993), Lost View (2002 with Jan van Geest), and Litter Scent (2013). He has published poems and articles in Te Elfder Ure, Nynade, Oasis and the Architectural Annual. Half the year he lives in Haarlem, the other half he spends in la France Profonde, living ‘in his own words’ as the house out there was bought with the winnings from his essay Eternal Sin, written for the ECI Essay Prize (1993). In this blog, Sierksma's Sequences, written in English, he is peeping round his own and other people’s perspectives. Not easily satisfied with answers nor with questions, he turns his wry wit to a number of philosophical and historical issues. His aim in writing: to make parts of the objective world light up in his personal perspective - not my will, thine! Not being a thief, he has no cook, one wife, some children, one lover and three cats. The reader, interested in my writings on aesthetics, literature, and sociology, may want to open Academia.edu, where various pieces are published.

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