A palavra ‘Narrativa’ está na moda. E espero que tenha vindo para ficar. Nem de propósito, encontrei no último livro de Krzysztof Nawratek, teórico da cidade e da vida urbana, um par de parágrafos que, a propósito da Verdade, do Bem, da importância dos Vazios dos Intervalos para a vida na cidade… nos lembra do que nos distingue do… Harry Potter.
As citações são de Holes in the Whole – Introduction to the Urban Revolutions, Zero Books, Winchester/Washington, 2012. Recensão, soon. Até lá, cá vai:
To begin thinking about change/revolution, we need to think first of Good and Truth. Another feature of neoliberalism, the one that it shares with postmodernism, is that it recoils from these concepts. Neoliberalism prefers using notions connected to what is necessary and natural. If There Is No Alternative [TINA], then it makes no sense to think on what is good or evil, what is real and what an illusion. There is no alternative, therefore there is no choice. Truth is the alternative, which is inclusive for being in the wildest possible scope. It is never complete, it is never absolute.
The Truth is then inclusive. The fuller the narrative (representation) describing being (reality), the more true it is. Being, however, is not identical with relationships. Inclusion concerns being, but it doesn’t concern the relationship. Deeds are the consequences of the narrative. They cause the multiplication of being. The truth of the narrative is the radical inclusion, the truth of creation. Narrative includes beings (actors), but not deeds. There are better and more true narratives, and they displace worse, deceitful, exclusive ones. Evil exists. It excludes being, therefore it excludes good. Evil excludes, therefore it is a lie.
For being to multiply, there must be a gap, an emptiness, a void. Everything that disentangles and divides allows for the new to entangle and unite. […] This in-between – the boundary/institution/void – mediates and changes. Deeds are not being, but they change it.
Self-awareness is important. As I wrote before, there is a fundamental difference between you, dear reader, and Harry Potter, who has only properties and is defined by what is outside him.