Ignorant objects

Khoi Vinh (paraphrasing Jasper Johns):

“Unused objects are ignorant; only the ones that have been put to use, that have traveled, that have been tossed around have accumulated knowledge. That knowledge and familiarity, if it’s worn properly, can make an object desirable.”

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    Anna
    Posted July 31, 2007 at 3:53 pm | #

    Question to ponder: If the Merriam Webster definition of ignorant is

    “1 a : destitute of knowledge or education; also : lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified b : resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence
    2 : UNAWARE, UNINFORMED

    How can an object, with no ability to reason, will or gain intelligence or education be ignorant? Would it not be the owner of said object that might be ignorant for not having or showing the knowledge to use the object? It just seems to follow the culture of pass-the-blame.

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Green Galoshes is a weblog written by Justin D. Henry. This entry was published on or around July 30, 2007.

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