If a person wants to be free in choosing his behavior,
he needs to be free to consider it according to his own criteria,
in which case how he situates items in his thinking is very
important. To the extent items are situated according to conventional
systems, the personality is less a producer than a product.
a person has 100 items. A journalist asks: ‘tell us about
your collection.’ Or suppose after death the items are
offered for auction as ‘his collection,’ numbered
1-100. How is the judgment of ‘collection’ grounded?
way to pose the issue is by describing the difference between
eclectic and random, where the diversity of the former is systematized
while the latter is not.
is the relation between the system of order we impose on our
objects, and the system of order we call our personalities?
Is doing something ‘out of character’ like owning
an ugly toaster?
Why would a celibate monk decorate his hovel with photos of
fornicating chickens? How different is the curiosity if the
photos are mostly of pine cones and only one fornicating chicken?
one possesses random objects. Objects in our lives are SORTED.
I have two bowls on the sill. One is for morning cereal, the
other is a 16th century heirloom that gathers light in wonderful
ways. Knowing this tells you something, not everything, about
may be a difficulty we have with public objects that we expect
the same relation to pertain between them and the public collectivity
as we find between an individual personality and its collected
objects, see above.