Some human constants

Baking Bread (detail) in a psalter by an unknown illuminator, Belgium, mid-1200s. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment, each leaf 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 14, fol. 8v

The consideration of coloniality with regard to philosophy represents a particular challenge to the universalizing aspirations of the tradition. Coloniality, along with the traditions of Marx, feminism, philosophy of race, challenge any fundamentalist claims philosophy is fond of.

It is against this horizon that I am struck by certain universal aspects of ourselves that continue to occupy me, especially with regard to how they are unfurled or even conceived of from my vantage point. They include the need for others, the need for food, the necessity of sleep, aging, and death.

Sleeping, eating, aging. (These are notes to self).