To celebrate that which came after Henri Bergson ushering William James out of the delusion of rationalism:
Let us leave out the soul, then, and confront what I just called the residual dilemma. Can we, on the one hand, give up the logic of identity?—can we, on the other, believe human experience to be fundamentally irrational? Neither is easy, yet it would seem that we must do one or the other…
I told you that I had long and sincerely wrestled with the dilemma. I have now to confess (and this will probably re-animate your interest) that I should not now be emancipated, not now subordinate logic with so very light a heart, or throw it out of the deeper regions of philosophy to take its rightful and respectable place in the world of simple human practice, if I had not been influenced by a comparatively young and very original French writer, Professor Henri Bergson. Reading his works is what has made me bold. If I had not read Bergson, I should probably still be blackening endless pages of paper privately, in the hope of making ends meet that were never meant to meet, and trying to discover some mode of conceiving the behaviour of reality which should leave no discrepancy between it and the accepted laws of the logic of identity. (from A Pluralistic Universe)
Any stitchings of subjectivity and explanation committed to “making ends meet” outside of instrumentalism betray the richer, more applicable wildness of our experience. Reality is far more vast and implicated than could ever be domesticated via conception.
Alienation is thus only ever a temporal achievement: the ego’s revenge project on ontological vulnerability – not an originary condition of anything existing. We remain conditioned and dependant in all ways that matter; entanglement as ultimate affordance. Identity is a false closure; and closure is death.
The struggle to embody this wisdom-as-orientation is the struggle to enhance our attempts to communicatively adapt. Better to live in openness and committed to perpetual adjustment than to dream ourselves upon an alien death.