Monday, September 15, 2008

A personal note

Today was my first day back at work after a long absence through ill health. It is an odd, unsettling feeling to step back into a familiar that has become alien. The institutional issues remain, yet feel less urgent, more trivial than they did. The purpose of our organisation, adult education, never seemed more vital.

This is a persistent paradox, the purest of aims and ideals have to be delivered by institutions, which are often vehicles for less elevated human concerns. It is a theme explored in Ursula Le Guin's science fiction novel, The Dispossessed. The novel is subtitled, An Ambiguous Utopia. I could settle for that. If the utopia is worth having, I can live with the ambiguity. Pessimists, cynics - away with them. Let's continue to dream.

3 comments:

mikeovswinton said...

Hope all went well, Peter.

Anton Deque said...

Any institution that has you on its strength is fortunate indeed.

Best Wishes,

(The artist formerly known as Larkers.)

PS I thought I had sent this but perhaps not.

Steve said...

Your work against the bureaucracy will be appreciated by all your students this year and loathed by the management so your doing the right thing.

All the best