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But behind these endless discussions, reality keeps moving. Even if the philosophy of language and its supposedly reactionary antagonist sing victory in unison, the theater of the world is being traveled from end to end by various objects that unleash their forces, many times in total solitude. The red billiard ball hits the green billiard ball. Snowflakes dance in the light that ruthlessly annihilates them. A damaged submarine rolls on the ocean floor. As a mill spits flour, an earthquake compresses a buried limestone block and a family of giant mushrooms appears overnight in the Michigan forest. While philosophers pummel each other over the possibility of "access" to the world, sharks chase tuna and glaciers hit the shoreline.
Graham Harman, “Towards Speculative Realism: Essays and Lectures”.
The world around us have a particular shape or a combination of shapes easy to identify most of the time: a watermelon is spherical, a candle is cylindrical, a honeycomb is an addition of several hexagons and a turtle’s shell looks like half a sphere.
Despite those forms stay in that shape for some time, they are nevertheless in permanent modeled change.
Every natural solid construct tend to distort their shapes once it has been surrounded to nature after time. From the magnificent shape of a tree, the everlasting round shape of a river stone to any human built such as a dome or a simple brick, all this geometry is reshaped by nature again, according to its laws.
In fact, geometry has been considered for ever and ever as a human way to understand an apparently formless reality. Despite we don not really know the first source about geometry, there are some intriguing carved stone balls in Scothland belonging to 2000 bC. Centuries later, in Timaeus dialogues, Plato associates each of the four calssic elements to a regular polyhedra. These ideas are taken into consideration later on by many important people for science as Euclide or Johannes Kepler, who attempted to relate the perfect polyhedra to some planets next to Earth.
However, all these “perfect polyhedra” and the other geometrical figures are long-lasting in human minds but, quite ephemeral in the environment.
The proposal to start analyse the aging of the shape turns around the method of last project. Starting with some wooden platonic polihedra, let’s take them into their corresponding element within a proportional period of time, in relation to the ability to erode of each classic element. So we will have a buried cube, a hanging octahedron, a sank icosahedron and a burnt tetrahedron. Then, let’s drop new examples of all those polyhedra into a non corresponding environment. Let’s erode a sphere, a cone or a cylinder and, finally we will be able to compare what it happened to every shape.
Perhaps the result of that time action tour will amaze us by its natural splendid imperfection. Maybe we could guess wich shapes are more stable than others. In coclusion we might meditate once again, about the perpetual chage we are involved too and our self-coindition.
At that point we could discern how perfection does not mean perfect and why flawed things are often more heartwarming for all of us.