process imagining

thoughts on religion and philosophy in process and post-structural perspective

peter lamborn wilson, spiritual destinations of an anarchist, 24.

Each of us are a part of Nature, it is true, but our value as individuals is not thereby lessened in any way, since it would be equally true to say that Nature is a part of us, individually. Nature's freedom from all abstract “categorical imperatives” does not reduce all biota to a faceless mass; on the contrary, it restores to each thing its own unique face.

#peterlambornwilson #oncharlesfourier #imagination #hermeticism

elie segel on beauty

“All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”

go to aesthetic realism for a reading..

#eliesegel #aestheticrealism #imagination #truth

Thinking that is reactionary always comes at a cost. It starts with an act of rejection, yet more often than not it remains committed to the logical framework that it apparently rejects. ~ Sepper, Understanding Imagination, 3.

I have been reflecting on this particular piece as it puts into words a dillemma I have had for quite some time. Whenever we engage the other with a set of tools, let us use the tools of logic, it is assumed that logic is universal. When one does not follow the same logic as others do, we enter into the idea that they are less cultured, primitive, barbaric, as they are not using the same logic we are, especially if we are trained. At that brings concern. Logic is as varied, or produces as varied results as the imagination may produce, since it follows a criteria, and criteria is vairable as well. Only when we start universalizing the criteria do we see uniformity. But that is just as dangerous! In uniformity we lose the very eventfulness that makes us unique, and that is difference, how our experiences shape who we are and how we rationalize things by way of the imagination.

The quote by Sepper awakens us to questions: if our responses are reactionary, we respond in the way of efficient causation; that is, we respond to their thoughts, and fall into the trap of using their logic. But what if we responded by moving from the efficiency of a quick response, to one that is constructed, that includes how we think? What if we deconstructed the question, and introduced how we ourselves are envisioning or seeing the world? If what we are trying to reject is the logic behind the response, then our responses need to move away from a reactionary response to one that is reflectiive and creative.

As I reflect back on some of my teaching moments, I remember times when I have been more reactionary than reflective and creative with my students. Maybe, if I am aware of my self, it was because of my insecurities, my own trying to form and shape what I think, that I may have given a reactive, inflamed response. As I try and do now, as I see the wisdom of my mentors and colleagues, my responses should be creative, asking the one asking the question to see their own logic, with its own presuppositions, to look at it from a different perspective, to see how perspecitves have the ability to be angled, shaped, to see in novel ways.

quote, charles steiner, the watch house where the switches keep

There is a “bad” eternity: the quasi-atemporality of half-inhabited images; of concepts believed; of institutions imposed. There is a “good” eternity unveiled when energy is released, where the Now abides at the very center of the transitory

#imagination #image #critiqueoftheimage #charlessteiner

quote, durkheim, the elementary forms of religious life, 15

There are no religions which are false.... All answer, though in different ways, to the given conditions of human existence.

quote, what is religion?, rubem alves, 19.

If we think that these human beings have been totally objective, totally dominated by facts, totally true—yes, totally true!—could they then have invented things? Where was the flute before it was invented? And the garden? And dances? And paintings? Absent. Nonexistent. No knowledge could possibly have pulled these things from nature. It was necessary that the imagination become pregnant in order that culture could be born.

#imagination #birth #culture #facts #true #truth #invention

quote, charles hartshone, wisdom as moderation, p84.

We may be trifling parts of the divine whole, but parts we are; and we must therefore contribute something to the whole. God cannot in everyway be independent of us.

#god #humanity #imagination #panentheism #pantheism #weareapartofthedivine

quote, john sallis, force of the imagination, 117.

...vision is binocular, that hearing is biaural, that one touches with two hands—this already disturbs the simplicity and stability that the frontal aspect could otherwise seem to possess, especially at a level prior to the workings of horizonality. Already with the binocular image, for instance, there will have been a minute difference of perspective and a corresponding protohorizonal operation. In this regard the opening of the image onto the thing itself is always already under way...

#johnsallis #imagination #binocularvision #differenceeveninself #alwaystwo #weseeinperspectives

quote, gaston bachelard, “surrationalism”, in surrealism, ed. julien levy, 188.

There should be no hesitation: one should choose the side where one thinks the most, where one experiments the most artificially, where ideas are the least viscous, where reason loves to be in danger. If, in any experiment, one does not risk one's reason, that experiment is not worthwhile attempting.

#imagination #risk #adventure

There should be no hesitation: one should choose the side where one thinks the most, where one experiments the most artificially, where ideas are the least viscous, where reason loves to be in danger. If, in any experiment, one does not risk one's reason, that experiment is not worthwhile attempting.

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