thoughts on religion and philosophy in process and post-structural perspective
It is necessary
for one who wants to
to raise the intellect
above the meaning of words
rather than to insist
upon their properties
which, in any case,
cannot be properly adapted
to such great mysteries
Intellectual knowledge, alone and unaided,
desires and exaggerates
the victory of words
The hovering of imagination can be thematized as separation, that is, as a spacing in which two moments are kept separate, each in its difference from the other. Yet to keep the moments separate is at the same time to hold them together. For separation is also relatedness; that is, one moment can be kept separate from the other only insofar as, in connection with the one moment, account is taken of the other–hence only insofar as a relatedness is maintained.
the intelligence of mankind has been halted by dogmatism as to pattern of connection. Religious thought, aesthetic thought, the understanding of social structures, the scientific analysis of observation, have alike been dwarfed by this fatal virus.
This is just a quick post from the top of my head. There is a struggle for meaning in the world today. With the immensity of data that is being projected into the world, it becomes so difficult to suggest that there is a unity of meaning, because what happens behind the image, especially in social media, and media marketing, is an intentional meaning which tries to get at you. It is intentional because it wants to get at your internal feelings, to create an external outcome, aka tell you a sad story to compel you to buy insurance to make sure your loved one is safe.
Because of these images, there is a push for local forms of meaning that are against the more secular understandings. Local forms can be found in communities, religious groups, etc. They can be expressed in intentional communities that get one away from power, and reliance on digital devices, a return to a more simpler way of living.
It is interesting, that a slower, simpler way of living is necessary for meaning to be found, rather than the immediacy of life. I am not talking about intuition, which gives us, in an instant, the universe as an image with all within it. I mean the intuition without the space for thinking through it. The forced expectation to have an immediate response due to what is given. But that is not meaning. It is a formal response, but barren in any meaning beyond it. Thus the formal response is the meaning. Only one.
This is why we turn to local meanings! It is a push against the singular meaning, that it is all there is. A push that says there is more...
The dream is not an instrument. It is not a means; it lives directly in the realm of ends. It needs no intermediary to imagine the elements, but is a part of the elemental life. In our dreams, we float without a boat, without a raft, without needing to hollow out a canoe from the trunk of a tree. In the dream, tree trunks are always hollow. They are always ready to envelop us and let us stretch out to sleep a long sleep after which we are sure of a youthful, vigorous awakening.
~Gaston Bachelard, Air and Dreams, page 206
The Poet's task is to extend the images a little to be sure that the human quality of the mind is operating in them, to be sure that they are human images, images that humanize the forces of the cosmos. Then we are led to a cosmology of what is human. Instead of experiencing a naive anthropomorphism, we turn man over to elemental and deeply rooted forces.
In the realm of the imagination, infinity is the place where the imagination asserts itself as pure imagination, where it is free and alone, vanquished and victorious, proud and trembling. Then images soar upward and vanquish; the rise and are shattered by their very height. Then the realism of unreality is evident. Forms are understood through their transfiguration. Speech is prophecy. In this way, the imagination is indeed a way of going beyond, psychologically.
quote from alfred north whitehead, process and reality
we must investigate dispassionately what the metaphysical principles, here developed, require on these points, as to the nature of God. There is nothing here in the nature of proof. There is merely the confrontation of the theoretic system with a certain rendering of the facts...Any cogency of argument entirely depends upon elucidation of somewhat exceptional elements in our conscious experience—those elements which may roughly be classed together as religious and moral intuitions. ~343.