Miscellanea: On Knowing and Unknowing

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  1. Angelo says:

    Another amazing essay. So much here. I can only comment right now on one very small aspect (it deserves so much more). “…the absolute negation of the invisible, incorporeal and intrinsic reality” may be the last logical step toward cementing everyone into the dialectical foundation of the entire Hegelian system, that is “absolute shallowness”.

  2. Robber Chih says:

    Thank you M. Malić.

    I am recalled to an excellent book by RGH Sui, “Ch’i, a neo-taost approach to life” where the author donates nearly an hundred pages to the enigma of time as expressed here and elsewhere. The author offers an understanding to the book of Genesis, “Let there be Light/time/energy/Ch’i” in the Taoist tradition these concepts are inseparable.
    This gave birth to forms of science like Chi kung or kung fu which, translated literally means “energy/time.”
    This may be viewed as the substance of existence or being or what i read as “intrinsic, invisible, incorporeal reality.”
    And to take it a step further, time/change/energy etc is the function of the timeless/eternal and it is through the former, one arrives at the latter.

    What these sciences offer to the practioner then is awareness of this primal substance ie Ch’i within their own mind and body furthermore their ultimate (re)union with the eternal. As such this becomes the ultimate act of individuation.

    Of course this is achieved over a lifetime of training (consciously taking infinite variety), in itself the opposite of “indifference.” is philosophy not a dying and preparation for death?

    What is it that draws or seduces people away from this incorporeal reality? Fear of change (of substance/time/light ie that very reality itself)? The eternal beyond it, as Keirkeggard perceived ? Or that death (union with the One?) is the ultimate act of individuation? The seed that falls to the ground and perishes brings forth..

    In the catholic tradition i think it appropriate to also mention De Doctora Ignoratia by de Cusa. Although perhaps you have dealt with that elsewhere.

    Personally I hear people answering the question of who am i? In the spirit of positivism by pointing to their experiences. thus these extrinsic facts become the substance of the individual. A note of Wittgenstein reads “i cannot see what i am, only what i possess” thus i see people experience themselves foremost through extrinsic posessions, which historically verifiable experiences (fb, instagram) seemingly have also become.

    Sheep we are yet called upon to be as cunning as the serpent that encoils us.

    Thanks again.


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