stephenson [a small typology]
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a name in stone.
what did these people think was conferred upon them by having their names carved into stone and placed in the walls of a methodist chapel?
it strikes me as terribly ‘worldly’ and hubristic.
in my reading, the messagages this particular process does confer include:
the fact that these people are advertising how wealthy they are.
the fact that these people are not only advertising their wealth, they are also advertising their ‘kindness’.
this is a message that says ‘i can afford to be kind’.
this is a message that says ‘we are the kindest, wealthiest, most important people attending this chapel’.
it all seems particularly uncomfortable [and oh so ‘human’] given the building’s usage.
just conceptually freewheeling.