THE SAVAGE PHILOSOPHER EXPLAINED
The Savage Philosopher
A savage philosopher is someone who believes, among other things, in a certain kind of symbolic or sympathetic magic. He understands that signs (words, sounds, images, etc.) do more than just refer to other signs. For the savage philosopher, signs also participate in and contribute to the expression or realization of the things that they are intended to represent. Signs do not create things, however. Instead, they help to enliven, animate, and describe them.
As a 'modern' savage philosopher, then, my aim is to become familiar with and fluent in those systems of signs that have as their focus the individual human being and his or her experience of the world.
Some of those systems - such as philosophy, art, music, or the arts and humanities in general - are seen by the contemporary, twenty-first century 'intelligentsia' as valid areas of investigation and participation. Other, more 'esoteric' disciplines, such as astrology, are most definitely not. The 'enlightened' savage philosopher ignores all such taboos and instead 'follows the magic' wherever it shows up.
Like the woman in the picture above, then, the modern savage philosopher is tired of pushing the same old 'food cart' around. He or she wants more than the standard 'franks and sausages' fare (not that there's anything wrong with that). Instead, he or she thinks that most people prefer a wide variety of intellectual 'soul food'.
So if you find yourself hungry for something a little less 'civilized' and a bit more 'magical', then this might be the place for you.