undo,

“economy of being”: ancient and ever controversial, foundational “ethical, thus/because aesthetical” principle of willfully not doing all you wouldleaving just where youd love to stay, making buttons on the back you cant yourself reach, sticking to flat, monochrome, motionless in visual arts. “The Master angled, — but did not use a net. He shot, — but not at birds perching.” ■    Rooted in modernitys preservationism (fighting pollution, excess, spam) and the later Change (eatfree, homeless), undo may be a new name for the timeless ascetic drive — the purity voter of live ethics: “a philosophers life,” vows and privations in lores, various self-constraining, minimization, mortification experiments — as perennially popular as bodily expansion; another inspiration has been panpractic fast-forwarding: dont dwell on here-and-nice, “optimality is always local,” nod and move on. At the core, undo is not avoidance of evil (or of good-therefore-evil) but apophatic love — “the noblest variety”: let a therisity be by not working it, not distorting it with your perception, not even knowing it (unknow, the ultimate explay without filling in: leave precisely the understandings you thirst); hence a wave of restudying predecessors by what they could, and knew they could, but didnt do. ■    Once a battleground in fadeout wars, undo may have ossified with them — by now made a bigger deal of by detractors (“temptation of nothingness,” “rationalizing terminal procrastination”: “un-excess, un-do, un-know… un-exist? where do you stop, and why?”) than by partisans (“mostly polite acknowledgers”); still, a conceptualization for not-doing is now essentialer than ever given what we — finally owning our bodies-if-any, no longer pressed for time — can do.

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