‘Life’ can be divided into compartments without compartmentalisation. Compartmentalisation happens not by simply distinguishing one aspect, mode or dimension from another (I.e. Physics/metaphysics; neurology/cardiology; epistemology/sociology), but when the compartments are neccesarily and/or unavoidably contradictory with one another.


  1. Easy to set things up in opposition to one another though, don’t you think, if we think of them in separate compartments? On the other hand, a bit of compartmentalisation can be useful e.g. I work from home and the difference between what is ‘work’ and what isn’t is blurry sometimes. Can you expand on your thought a little more?

  2. Thanks for the good question :)
    It’s a both/and, isn’t it? Life is (a la Plato & Strom ;D ) ‘one and many’. Yes harmonious dualities can quickly become adversarial dualisms. :)

  3. Yeah, compartmentalising has two sides. It can over-simplify something, or it can enhance the colour of something…define the lines, like Andrea says.

    Good stuff.

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