"I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives."
“Our central consistent effort is to teach method, not content; to emphasize process, to invite the student to the realization that the way of handling facts and himself amid the facts is more important than the facts themselves.”
John A Rice, Black Mountain Prospectus
But what is survival? In popular American fantasies, survival is all about saving oneself by fighting off others. The "survival" featured in U.S. television shows or alien-planet stories is a synonym for conquest and expansion. I will not use the term that way. Please open yourself to another usage. This book argues that staying alive–for every species–requires livable collaborations. Collaboration means working across difference, which leads to contamination. Without collaboration, we all die.
How does a gathering become a "happening," that is greater than the sum of its parts? One answer is contamination. We are contaminated by our encounters; they change who we are as we make way for others. As contamination changes world-making projects, mutual worlds–and new directions–may emerge.