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The means whereby ends are justified

by Clairee on March 29, 2012   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr


While this may appear to be some kind of twisted utilitarianism, it’s really nothing more than yet another irreverent play on words from the Alexander textbook. Sorry, but that’s the fun of six-word compositions. Lucky for us to be allowed a back-story:
Alexander maintained that pursuing an end whilst neglecting to cultivate the appropriate means whereby said end may duly be gained is apt to cause us to fall short of our goal. He also reasoned that people function best when they are conscious of their natural width and length and able to utilize natural dimensions to greatest effect. Attending to the favorable placing, spacing and pacing of one’s musculoskeletal system, breathing, thoughts and emotions, is a better bet towards squaring your intentions with your performance than attempting to stretch your capacity or trying to relax*. It’s kind of like having a ctrl+ shortcut for truing your margins.
Bonus bit of trivia: Aldous Huxley’s book of essays ‘End and Means an Enquiry into the Nature of Ideals and into the Methods Employed for Their Realization’ was published in 1937, shortly after having lessons with F.M. Alexander.
*strange turn of phrase I think – you can either try or you can relax, rather counterproductive to do both at once.

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