Moods and Disclosive Spaces, or Clearings, are ways that we attempt to articulate something important about the totality of a situation, a person, an enterprise, a community, a nation. Not about the totality of descriptive possibilities, but about the whole, the unity, the organizing concern and commitment, etc. They are different from each other, but the disclosive space of, for example, accounting, has characteristic moods. The disclosive space of the United States has certain characteristic moods in this moment in time.
Are moods variant of the minds? I don’t think that advances one's thinking.
Moods are, in fact, layered and multi-dimensional.
“Interrogate" the mood of resignation and you get something like this:
- I have considered the situation carefully, and conclude that little or nothing can be done to improve it.
- I have tried to repair or change this, and I have failed (maybe many times).
- I am a pretty competent person, and if someone else thinks they can fix it, then probably they are either not very smart, naïve, or are trying to make hay with the situation.
- (All assessments)
- Comes in various flavors: cynical resignation, negligent resignation, apathetic resignation, angry resignation, etc.
- Resignation is not the same as apathy. Resignation is born in care; apathy is born in not caring.
- To work with someone’s resignation, reintroduce them to the care with which they originally encountered the situation — reconnect them with the community in which the resignation arose, and you can have an ally or working partner.