Saturday, August 12, 2023

The Knower, The Known, & the Relation Between

Continuing with yesterdays' conclusion, "to be and to be intelligible for the human mind are equivalent expressions," such that there is nothing the human mind cannot potentially know. Being is wholly pervaded with, and constitutive of, infinite intelligibility; and the latter is mirrored in our own infinite potential to know. 

Mind and being are not only deeply related, they're inseparable (just try to pry them apart) because this relation -- or relation as such -- is built into the nature of things.   

Which is all very strange, and yet I often find myself wondering to myself: Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one who gives a shirt about its tucking ontology?

Guess so, since nobody else ever said that.  

Remember, it's not just the intelligence nor intelligibility that are so weird, it's the nexus between, the relation, the link. Again, we've already highlighted the centrality of relation, and of how its principle abides upin the Godhead. 

That is, prior to the Creator <--> creation vertical relation is a horizontal one between the First and Second Persons; thus, the latter must be the basis of all positive creativity and of all receptive intelligibility. 

I would like this post to be about this primordial and irreducible Relation. Let's hope the post is in a cooperative mood, in other words, that it rolls on Shabbos. 

All that exists, because it exists, is ordered toward a knowing mind.... This means: not only is the eye sun-related, the sun as well is eye-related; all that has being is mind-related in its most intrinsic core. Mind and being are interconnected (Pieper, emphasis mine!).

The reason we have emboldened relation and its cognates (and will continue doing so below) is because we usually think of the things related -- the relata -- as real, but not the relation between! So, yeah, we're kind of using our outdoor voice. Sorry, Dude, but we never apologize. Except about Donny's ashes.

But we're here to tell you that the relation is equally real as that which it relates.  This may be a little difficult to wrap our mind around, but recall Clarke's bottom line: that to be is to be substance-in-relation

Now, not to get sidetracked, but I think this goes to why the Third Person of the Trinity is likewise a little difficult to wrap our minds around, for what exactly is it? It is the relation between Father and Son, and is itself a Person (relation is a person, and person is a relation).

We'll return to this principle later, when we get back to Clarke's Person and Being. Right now I want to continue with Pieper's The Truth of All Things. But of course, these two works are in fact related, since the truth of all things is person(s), and vice versa.

The object-subject relationship.... precedes any activity of the mind.... Reality in itself is oriented toward man's perceiving mind, without the mind's contribution, and simply by virtue of its very being, which man has not bestowed on it (Pieper).

This is at once both obvious and tricksy. Any science, for example, just assumes this object-subject relation. Baseballically speaking this relation is first base, but there is no scientific explanation of how scientists find themselves standing on first base, let alone are able score (AKA, know truth). That's above their playgrade -- i.e., it is a metaphysical, not merely a scientific, question.

Moreover, the human mind in turn is ordered toward the realm of existing things, also not by its own doing but by virtue of its very being, which, again, is not its own creation. This orientation of the human mind toward reality precedes any of the mind's own choices and decisions.

Again, we don't make up the rules, despite what that fucking kraut says -- Kant and his "unknowable noumema." Sure it's unknowable -- in its essence, but practically speaking it is infinitely knowable, so we may know infinitely

Our knowledge, in a certain sense, is the offspring of truth (Thomas, in Pieper).

In what sense might that be? Oh, maybe in the sense that the Son -- the Logos -- is the offspring of the Father?

But that's jumping ahead. Suffice it to say, -- and this is no game -- oh, but it is! -- 

If our mind were not by its nature already in touch with reality, it would never be able to reach reality at all. 

Is this not self-evident?

Perhaps not, so let us continue:

the concept of transcendental truth affirms the relatedness of every being to the inner core of another being....

And "To affirm that every existing thing in its being is ordered toward the inner core of another being" is only possible 

if there really exists some entity essentially designed to conform with everything there is. Of such nature, indeed, is the human soul, which in a certain sense is all in all.... Conformity of being and knowledge is called "true" (Thomas, in Pieper).


The mind by it's nature is oriented to conform to all that has being (ibid).


reality, any reality without exception, can only be called true -- meaning: knowable -- if the human soul possesses in itself the ability to know the totality of all things.... [another name for which is the Absolute].

the relationship of an object to the knowing mind exists in concrete fact only in the act of knowing itself, by which the object's latent knowability is transformed into actual knowledge....

It is the mind that in its most specific activity "relates" to reality; more precisely, it is the mind that changes an already existing but only potential relationship between objective reality and subjective cognition into actual fact....

And this field of reference, the "world" of man the knower, is nothing less extensive or significant than the total universe of all that is. Being able to know means to exist in relation to, and be immersed in, all that is. The mind, and the mind alone, is capable of grasping the universe (Pieper).

We may reduce this to Phenomena, Noumena an the Relation between, which is to say, Person(s).

Your maples, Manny.

Friday, August 11, 2023

It's Literally a Metaphorical Cosmos

Picking up where we left off, "Receptivity as such should be looked on not as essentially a sign of imperfection," but rather, "as in itself a positive aspect or perfection of being" (Clarke). What does this have to do with persons? Everything and more:

receptivity, represented archetypically by the Second Person as Son and Word, must be a purely positive perfection connatural to being itself.

In the Trinity, the receptivity of the Son "is of absolutely equal worth and perfection as the self-giving mode of the Father," and this pretty much changes everything, from the top on down to the bottom on up.

Certainly it turns the typical way of thinking about God (i.e., as static monad) upside down and inside out. Which -- in my opinion -- is precisely why it had to be revealed, because few sub-Raccoons would spontaneously arrive at such a metaphysic. 

Monism is an attitude that violates half of the experience.

This deeper and more differentiated revelation hints at some other unexpected properties in God, for example, that all Being is Being-With, and that I AM and WE ARE co-abide, such that one is not reducible to the other: there is always a We, so truly truly, we're never allone. For it is written,

Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. 

I've mentioned before that the universe is the way it is because the Godhead is the way they are. I won't rub it in, but Clarke is on the same page:

To be, it turns out, means to-be-together. Being and community are inseparable. The empirical evidence for the extraordinary interconnectedness of all things in our own material and personal universe keeps mounting each day, through the findings of physics, cosmology, biology, [etc.]... Even if I but wiggle my finger here on earth, physicists tell us, some minuscule influence will reach the furthest stars.

Nonlocality is herebelow because it is first up in Celestial Central. 

Likewise, we might say that metacosmic intersubjectivity is the Principle of the surprising "inter-objectivity" of things. Everything down here literally speaks to us, meaning that it is intelligible to intelligence. 

Indeed, if things weren't inter-objective we couldn't know them as things, and we would all be like Drax the Destroyer, who hales from a planet whose people -- similar to our own atheists and autistics -- are completely literal, and do not understand metaphor (

Recall that

Metaphor supposes a universe in which each object mysteriously contains the others.

Ironically, you can say literally metaphorically.

Now, earlier this year we spent at least a month discussing The Matter With Things, and how metaphor is a right cerebral hemisphere specialty. We also suggested -- or possibly insisted -- that religion doesn't exist because we have an RH, but rather, the other way around. 

In other words, the RH <--> LH complementarity itself reflects something important about the nature of the Godhead. Don't make me stop this post and go back down there to pull up a quote, because it will take all day! 

Suffice it to say that there are conceptions of God that are both excessively and insufficiently RH, and that ours is just right.

I heard that! Of course I can back that up, but in order to do so I'll need a little philosophical reinforcement, in this case another Koon Klassic, this one called Living the Truth by Josef Pieper. Like yesterday's selection, it is much like hearing my voice calling me from outside my head.  


Our pleasure. "To be," writes Pieper, 

means the same as "to be oriented toward a knowing mind." The realm of "being as such," finally, does not extend beyond the realm of all that is oriented toward a knowing mind, so that no existing being is without such a relational orientation" (emphasis mine).

It's an irreducibly relational cosmos, and if it weren't, we'd all be as Drax as a box of Dawkins or samnolent as a sleepy herd of Harrisies, for

no real 'being' can be perceived without implying that it relates or 'conforms' to the knowing mind.... this relationship is actualized in the process of mental perception or intellection (emphasis mine).

So sure, there are, for example, "selfish genes." Metaphorically, and only in a metaphorical cosmos. Literally!

In fact, "'Knowing" constitutes and establishes the most intimate relationship conceivable between two things," and

All reality is actually or potentially mind-related, inasmuch as its intrinsic essence is actually or potentially incorporated into the knowing mind.

Now, movin' on up in the cosmos, "Reality is called true in relation to the divine and the human mind." Or, let us just unsay something like the following for short:



(  )

The middle term is an ever-evolving approach to (or departure from) O, AKA the Divine Attractor:

The truth of a thing consists in its correlation to a knowing mind; yet a thing is correlated to our human mind only because of its primary correlation to God's mind, a correlation that is actualized in the form of that thing.

"All created things are constituted in relation to two minds"; "The things of nature, from which our mind receives its knowledge, are the measure for our mind; they themselves, in turn, receive their measure from God's knowing mind."

God knows them in fact, while we do so in potential. And the potential is never exhausted, at least short of the beatific vision or something. 

Movin' further on up, "The reality of a thing, in a way, is itself its light." Yes, it's getting tougher to breathe up here, but this is compensated for by all this Light -- that is, 

by reason of the primordial light emanating from the Logos, by reason of God's creative knowledge. "Truth adds to being the notion of intelligibility."

Oof! Now it's starting to get too bright to see, but we can make out the following:

Consequently, all reality, as reality, will essentially be intelligible for the human mind; and this intelligibility will be so inherent in reality's very being that "to be" and "to be intelligible for the human mind" become equivalent expressions. 

Intelligence = Intelligibility. In a way, knowing this is to know it all, for

"There are many things that our mind actually does not know; and yet, there is nothing... that the human mind could not perceive, at least potentially."

We can no more exhaust this infinite potential than could the Creator (being that creation never stops), but that's some slightly different shirt that we'll tuck in tomorrow. 

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Reality is a Person-to-Person Call

We've been working our way aphorism-by-aphorism from the bottom to the top of the cosmos, and yesterday rearrived at this zinger:

That which is not a person is not finally anything.

Nothing? Bold statement, but nevertheless we must insist. However, what is a person? There are a number of irreducible elements, but surely this one is central:

The permanent possibility of initiating a causal series is what we call a person. 

Persons are in the image and likeness of the Person(s) and Principle, which is to say, the uncaused cause. Therefore, we are a prolongation of this Principle within the constraints of time and finitude, so to say we have free will is not to say we are devoid of necessity at one end or contingency at the other. There are rules! For

Necessity and freedom are not symmetrical concepts: in fact, if I affirm necessity, I deny any freedom, but if I affirm freedom, I do not deny any necessity.

So, if we affirm freedom we certainly do not deny necessity -- even in the Godhead, come to think of it, wherein abides the very Principle of Necessity. For to affirm, for example, that "God is truth" is to say that he is not free to be a big liar. In short, he is "constrained" by his nature. So long as we don't pretend to comprehend that nature, for

An adequate theology would be unintelligible to us.  

Ho! The yoke's on us. Which is not to say it is totally unintelligible -- this is not 'Nam -- but perhaps more like this:

One philosophy surpasses others only when it defines more precisely the same insoluble mystery.

We're not talking here about an exact science, rather, a science of the inexact, which is to say, the Person, exactly. 

I wanted to say one more thing about the freedom to initiate a causal series, which is obviously a necessary condition of creativity. Nor, in the absence of this freedom, would we be free to know truth; rather, we would either be under compulsion to know it, or there would be no such thing. And speaking of creativity,

Creation is the nexus between eternity and history.

Or, let us say, the vertical link between time and timelessness, immanence and transcendence. To the extent that art is timeless -- and if it isn't, then it isn't art -- this is why.

At this point I want to downshift from aphorisms to prose, in particular, to a coondational text called Person and Being, by one of our top five theologians, W. Norris Clarke.

It's not so much that he's an influence as a... hallucination. In other words, it's a little like hearing my own voice from outside my head. There are only a handful of thinkers who remind me of me, and he's one of them. But it's a relief to know there's even one! 

I'm tempted to just highlight some passages and leave it at that. First, he cites Ratzinger:

[In the relational notion of person developed within the theology of the Trinity]... lies concealed a revolution in man's view of the world...

This following one is big, it's the theology that got smaller: "the doctrine of the Trinity means... that the very inner nature of the Supreme Being itself -- even before its overflow into creation -- is an ecstatic process" which

subsequently flows over freely in the finite self-communication that is creation. No wonder then that self-communication is written into the very heart of beings, as finite but positive images of their Source.

Yes, no wonder. Or only wonder. And of course, only persons can wonder. I wonder why?

Because truly truly, there is no other why:

Suppose a being that really exists, but does not act in any way, does not manifest itself in any way to other beings. There would be no way for anything else to know that it exists; it would make no difference at all to the rest of reality; practically speaking, it might just as well not be at all -- it would in fact be indistinguishable from non-being. 

It would be that same nothing? mentioned in the third paragraph above:

If many or all real beings were this way, each would be locked off in total isolation from every other. There would not be a connected universe.

Hell? Maybe, but the bottom-line is that

To be fully is to be substance-in-relation.


the very meaning of relation implies that it is between two terms that it is connecting, between two relateds.  

And THIS is THAT*:

If self-communication is a fundamental aspect of real being, so too must be receptivity, the complementary pole of self-communication. Without receptivity no communication can become actual and complete itself. It must therefore be a primordial dimension of reality as a whole...

Which opens up a whole nether can of wormholes that we'll wiggle into tomorrow. 

Okay, a preview of coming Attractor: "Receptivity as such should be looked on not as essentially a sign of imperfection," but rather, "as in itself a positive aspect or perfection of being." 

Did someone say something about be ye perfect, and the poor in spirit inhering in reality? Or is the call coming from inside my head?

(*religious history ascends to a point from which it descends.)

Wednesday, August 09, 2023

How Am I? and I AM! How

 Beginning where we ended, Change My Mind:

That which is not a person is not finally anything.

It is appropriate to begin at this end, in the sense that final causation means that first in intention is last in execution -- for example, before you build one, you must first have the idea of a cake. 

Yes, but this seems more than a little... woowoo. Are you suggesting that the whole cosmos is a kind of conspiracy in order for persons to exist?

Well, when you put it that way... Then again, con-spiracy means to "breathe together," and this image may well come back to haunt us should we proceed down this path.  

Besides, prove me wrong. You can't, because any attempt to do so will have to assume that which you're trying to disprove. 

And since you are in fact here, it is axiomatic that it must be possible for you to be here. Certainly it is not impossible for you to be here, and yet, it is quite possible that you adhere to a tacit metaphysic that does in fact render you -- which is to say, persons -- strictly impossible. 

Now, possible obviously doesn't mean necessary. We're still necessarily contingent, but once we exist we partake of necessity, so to speak. To be at all is to participate in the act of Being, and there's not a damn thing we can do about it.

This touches on the problem of scientific paradigms and anomalies. Every paradigm generates anomalies for which it cannot account, and which eventually strain the system beyond repair. Then it's time to make the leap to a higher, deeper, or more encompassing paradigm that is able to integrate the anomalies. But there is no manmode system capable of containing the whole existentialada. Gödel may be crazy, but he's not stupid. 

Now, in my opinion, the ultimate anomaly is the existence of human persons. If it weren't for them, our scientistic paradigm could explain everything!

D'oh! Then it couldn't explain anything, because there wouldn't be any explainers. 

So, the most important fact of the cosmos is generally ignored and taken for granted. 

You could say that the Bʘʘ!k is literally the most cosmically narcissistic endeavor conceivable, in that it was ultimately motivated by a single question: How is Bob possible? 

In order to answer it, we have to trace things all the way back to those mathematical constants that govern the big bang -- tweak just one of them the itsiest bitsy, and none of us are possible, let alone Bob. Sad! 

But even that's not enough, because once we reach the goround zero of Planck Time, it's time to switch paradigms to a more encompassing one. We don't have to jump to the conclusion that God did it!, although it's not surprising that many folks will equate this beginning with the one outlined in Genesis. 

But both of these are but mythological symbolisms in Light of what's really going on. In other words, to say "big bang" and leave it at that is far less adequate than the myth of Genesis, because at least myth is true, whereas any form of scientism is a priori false in the larger sense. Rather, it just means one has stopped asking questions at an arbitrary point selected by the questioner, and just who does he think he is, and how?

For which reason the Aphorist says,

Everything in history begins before we think it begins and ends after where we think it ends,


Every beginning is an image of the Beginning; every end is an image of the End.

Both of which -- beginning and end -- are always here and now (i.e, in the vertical space of [↑↓]), certainly not in the "past" () or "future" (). In other words, remember the teleological connotation of the end that is ontologically prior to the beginning.

 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.  

Wait, what? Who glows there! Who said that? 

Before Abraham was, I am.

Okay, but grammatically that's not quite--

In the beginning was the Word.

That's better, but-- 

Who is and who was and who is to come.

 I don't mean to be pedantic, but--

I AM in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

You must be from out of town, because around here we have this thing called "grammar," and besides, Aristotle--

I in them, and You in Me, that they may also be one in Us.

Right, but logic--

I AM the Logos.

One question: can I buy some pot from you?

Tuesday, August 08, 2023

Footnotes on Metacosmic Stupidity and the Sweet, Sweet Revenge of Reality

The great imbecilic explanations of human behavior adequately explain the one who adopts them. --Dávila

Yesterday's footnotes in search of a post ended with a couple touching on the ontological roots and axiological flashes of Christianity. 

These roots are above, the leafy flashes (AKA pneumosynthesis) below, and let's try to figure out just what's going on down here. 

Our first hunch is that it all revolves around the inner and upper meaning of personhood per se

Analogously, I'm thinking of the following aphorism:

The transcendent God is not a projection of the one who is our father in the flesh. To the contrary, a reflection of God turns the animal progenitor into a father.

Just so, God is not a projection of our own concept of personhood, rather, that which is its very principle, and without which we are obviously just animals, fundamentally no different from any other, only worse, if you're familiar with the blood-spattered history of atheist ideologies, from communism to national socialism to "global boiling," et al.

Human beings embody a new cosmic category, this again being persons. Let us comb thorough this big pile o' aphorisms for any other clues about the goround of this mysterious personhood. 

At this point we'd like to keep things abstract and above board. No monkey isness!

In other words, we want to avoid delving into matters of explicit faith, and try rather to hone in on what every intellectually dishonest person agrees with, regardless of (implicit) faith. 

Faith (our kind) is more an explicit "fine-tuning" or differentiation of those principles we can reach via nature.

Which goes back to a couple of ground aphorisms that are worth repeating, 1)

Today we require a methodical introduction to that vision of the world outside of which religious vocabulary is meaningless. We do not talk of God with those who do not judge talk about the gods as plausible.

And 2)

Christianity does not construct a rational explanation of Christ, but constructs the universe as the sum of necessary postulates to the existence of Christ...

Put these together, and we're looking for -- or at -- a vision of the world in which Christ -- the Godman, the metacosmic person -- is possible. After all, in order for anything to exist, it must first be possible for it to exist, otherwise it's impossible in principle and therefore in fact.

Let's start with some necessary entailments of the anti-Bob contingent, AKA reductio ad trolliums, so we can rule out a whole lotta BS, before considering the alternative. Note that each of these addresses the same cosmic bullshidiocy from a slightly different angle: 

If man is the sole end of man, an inane reciprocity is born from that principle, like the mutual reflection of two empty mirrors.

Man is the animal that imagines itself to be Man.

Only man pretends to be the anti-God.

"To have faith in man" does not reach the level of blasphemy; it is just one more bit of nonsense.

To believe in the redemption of man by man is more than en error; it is an idiocy.

He avoids announcing to man his divinity, but proposes goals that only a god could reach, or rather proclaims that the essence of man has rights that assume he is divine.

Humanity is the only totally false god.

The human has the insignificance of a swarm of insects when it is merely human.

Even so, you are nevertheless free to be an inane and idiotic progressive insect and pest. Indeed, nothing is stopping you besides reality, even if it takes time for reality to exact its revenge. Progressivism is already -- I mean, just look at their faces! -- dead, but death takes time:

An expert stab in the nerve center of an error kills it in seconds. But it requires centuries for its corpse to decompose.
How cosmically appropriate that their leader is literally an undead and decomposing corpse! Truly truly, the author of progressivism is a humorist without a sense of humor, and who might this unintentionally amusing author be? 

Indeed, who could it be, if not a person, since dark angels are persons too. And there are plenty of persons we don't like, but we do not jump to the conclusion that they aren't persons. A little perspective, please. Rather, forgive them their trespasses yada yada.


The Lord’s Prayer does not say: “... Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against whomever they wish.”

Dig? Let us stupulate that

In every moment the majority lives from dead ideas.

And that 

Religious pathology is the key to history.

We'll leave off with this one, and tomorrow we'll get into the living and healthy alternatives: 

The leftism of the majority of leftists is perfectly explicable, but the intelligent man who has left-wing ideas must severely examine his conscience.

Well, maybe a little preview: 

That which is not a person is not finally anything.

Monday, August 07, 2023

Footnotes in Search of a Post

What can I say?

The divine light shimmers upon the sea of being.

And not a moment too soon, for 

The momentary beauty of the instant is the only thing in the universe that concurs with the eagerness of our souls.

D'oh! There's always a BUT: 

 The luminous intensity of certain truths makes them invisible.

Then again, not to everyone, AKA the living: 

Life is delightful in the moments in which one is left to think or dream. 

But there is Life (the abundant kind) and life, for which reason we can say that mere 

“Life” is the consolation of those who do not know how to think.

Gentlemen, you can't think in here, this is academia!

In every moment the majority lives from dead ideas.

Dead and rotting. Conversely,

By limiting our audience we limit our falterings. Solitude is the only incorruptible arbitrator.

What an excellent way of spinning the selectiveness of my audience!

The rest are just too busy and distracted with merely living their mere lives. Frankly, I don't know how they do it, but

Man needs a busy life. No one is more unfortunate than the idler who was not born predestined to be one. An idle life without boredom, stupidities, or cruelty is as admirable as it is rare.

Fortunate indeed is the idler born to abide, who is bored by the busyness of living and can tolerate the isness of being. 

The pleasure with which we walk down the trail that a system opens up for us into the woods makes us forget that on each side the forest remains intact.

Not for me, at least not anymore. Certainly it used to, but now I am always aware of the Mystery of (and in) the four quadrants (↑, ↓, ←, & ) for which reason

Any explanation soon seems naïve.


Any explanation seems inadequate when we hear it repeatedly.


Any idea is always too simple.

Naïve, inadequate, and simplistic, thy name is tenure, and thy dickname is journalism!

Dunning-Kruger + confirmation bias is everywhere:

There are few intelligences that we do not hear fluttering blindly in their cage of unconscious convictions.

What good are wings if one is grounded and caged? But supposing you are, that door locks from the inside:

When a system provides automatic answers to all questions, let us change the system.

You're free, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it except default to auto-subjugation. Today's masters are every bit as oppressive as yesterday's, only they've been internalized: every man his own victim and master. But who does the master serve?

This will be controversial, but

Religions would be simple figments of the imagination if their ontological roots were not all in Christianity.

In what sense? Perhaps this?

Christianity is the paradigm of the gratuitous insertion of axiological flashes into time.

Of the perpetual incarnation of the vertical into the horizontal, whether by book, by aphorism, by experience, or ultimately by Person. 

Perhaps everything is a footnote on Personhood?

Sunday, August 06, 2023

Feral Christianity in the Wild Godhead

We've been rummaging around the bottom of the cosmos in search of ground aphorisms to build if not Babel upon. How about we flip the crypt and look around for some top-floor aphorisms? 

For us, the great middle zone can take care of itself. It is metaphysical flyover country, which can be safely left to scientists, technicians, and other autopilots. The real action is located...

Well, it's ambiguous, because it is always located here and now, of course. But here and now only exist as such in the luminous tension between the top and bottom, between transcendence and immanence, respOʘktively. So,

Let us respect the two poles of man: concrete individual, human spirit. But not the middle zone of an animal with opinions. 

Unless the middle zone is in dialectical tension with those two poles. Otherwise one drifts into some ghastly ideology, materialism at one end, idealism at the other, AKA the two varieties of Gnosticism, which usually combine in some fatheaded animal form to lard it over us.

Speaking of the Tension, 

The two poles are the individual and God; the two antagonists are God and man.

The latter as in "mankind," that abstract thing progressives love because they so passionately hate concrete men. 

Two contradictory philosophical theses complete each other, but only God knows why.

Or how. But there are plenty of hints, clues, and allegations.

This one too touches on our immanence and transcendence:

God is infinitely close and infinitely distant; one should not speak of Him as if He were at some intermediate distance.


So, Meditations on the Toppermost, or something. Now, God is the name folks typically give to the Principle of principles, but to name it can be to tame it, and what could be more wild and less domesticated than our Principle? 

Supposing it could be brought to heel, well, feel free to make up a predictable pun about the shoutheels who have never stop yelling about it.

Liberty intoxicates man as a symbol of independence from God.


Man calls "absurd" what escapes his secret pretensions to omnipotence.

Secret? If only! Nowadays we call it "tenure," and it won't shut up.

Freedom isn't free, or rather, only totally so when detached from the Principle of which it is a vertical prolongation:

God allows man to raise barricades against the invasion of grace.

We need a name for this, or rather, an un-name, i.e., an unsaturated pneumaticon; let us call this anti-grace (- ), just as the pseudo-omnipotence referenced above would be (-↑).

At any rat,

God is the impediment of modern man.

And another name for postmodern man, who speaks the very word in which he is enclosed, or is deceived in the lexical web he weaves, like a drunken insect or sober Kafka.

Truly truly, what an omnescient path to omniscience! For  

God does not ask for the submission of the intelligence, but rather an intelligent submission.

Or a submission of the intellect to Intelligence as such. How hard is that? Or how easy, rather, if you get the yoke.

God is the term with which we notify the universe that it is not everything.

 "O" is the term I like to use, in light of which the universe is ( ). 

This latter symbol is apt or at least forgivable, because it implies the necessary incompleteness of any manmode system, which, if complete is inconsistent, and if consistent incomplete. Of course, Gödel didn't make up the rules, he only proved them.

Again, for our purposes I prefer Principle or O, so as to prevent us from imagining we can really know God from the inside out or top down, even though we can, in a manner of speaking. In fact, speaking as such is a prolongation of the one and only Word eternally spoken up there, but I think that's enough spicy nonsense for today, speaking of which, 

The transcendence that permeates things is the salt that seasons their blandness. 

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