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'The middle is falling away'....
When W.B Yeats poetically describes a world gyrating in chaos with a rapidly increasing velocity, and 'the falconer and the falcon losing sense of one another, and then,'the middle falling away', what exactly is going on? What is the nature of the process of systemic mechanics, of graduated societal and supra-societal disintegration that the author is describing?
When the falcon and the falconer no longer have ken of one another, the subtle and inscrutably difficult-to-measure elliptical cosmic association between the executioner of the creative centre of gravity and the stability and direction of the object of agency is lost: the steersmanship of survival is then sky-high and all-at-sea, to be blasted to the nothingness of utter destruction on the wildest winds. The centre of gravity, the micrometrically-precise oscillation of stable balance that has so wonderfully served to manage to keep our world in check, has been broken in two : the middle has gone - and then, all that can resultingly follow, is for the entirety of the cosmic,elliptictical order,to career, here there and everywhere, with nought left any longer, to hold together the constituent parts of each and all of our living existences as well as the existence of all life on the planet. Then, chaos would hold court supreme in the great,dark void that remains.
Now is the time for the falconer and the falcon to truly understand one another, to both become highly sensitised and finely-attuned to one another's obligations. In other words, the minutely precise relationship between the agent and the reagent needs not only to be acknowledged but also acted upon and then carefully sustained and maintained. - for, if not, then the middle that holds together our as well as all biological existence on the planet, shall surely fall away.
What does it actually mean for 'the middle' to fall away? It is actually conceptually very simple, and perhaps a fair analogy to explain the mechanistic process would be through the operation of the see-saw , The see-saw oscillates or is swung with increasingly more force,with more variability and with more speed, so that it eventually reaches both its lowest and highest points of criticality, or so that it can only become increasingly less capable of oscillating within a 'swing-band' that is sustainable for its continuity. Before long, the middle that holds central balance can only yield, so that what was once one mechanism,is now splintered into pieces - the system is broken, and only the extremities, all broken apart, remain.
We must now truly begin to appreciate the delicate relationship between Yeats' falcon and falconer : for none of us would really want the cataclymic alternative which his vision presents, for it could not do even one of us or perhaps even any creature or life at all on our planet, a single particle of good.
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