On intellectuals*


I think intellectuals and everything they spew only become problematic when they cannot concretely point out the real-life use and relevance of their entire enterprise. Also, when they fail miserably in recognizing, explicitly or not, the origination of their “intellectualizations” from existing social facts and conditions. In other words, when they compartmentalize thought, when they cloak its ever-going dialectical bond with action, with practice, as if they had not lived or breathed in muds or in mansions before coming up with their thoughts now encased in hardbounds.

The Thinker
The Thinker

*after a quite impassioned exchange with my girlfriend on the value of intellectuals and their writings