A perennial issue dealt with by KT Department of Metaphysics, Nihilism and Melancholia is what we dubbed the "dissolution of the past". This process runs in the background of the diverse subjects and unifies the social ills we address every now and then. It can also - and quite precisely - be pinpointed as the dissolution of the roots in all facets of human life. In this podcast we'll talk about one aspect of daily life which discloses it for the eyes of more or less everybody endowed with even modest sense of normalcy: a changing pattern of human work and its ever increasing instability pointing to the the total dissolution of what once were professions or vocations into a quagmire of increasingly abstract "jobs" that one is expected to change on yearly or even monthly basis.
In the third and final episode in our series on Nicholas of Cusa's De Visione Dei we address prevalent modern misconception of mystical state as "individual experience" and how God can be known only from His act of knowing us; the act that always points us in the direction of our inner being but at the same time brings to light the fact that we cannot escape participating in it together with our fellow men.
Although we more than once expressed our views on homosexuality and ever present "mainstreaming" of it and other forms of sexuality gone awry, it was always in the context of other, more interesting subjects. Hereby, we put homosexuality into focus as a phenomenon of severe ontological deviation, based on the urge for identity and shunning of otherness; a fundamental attitude of a man seeking escape from the different and unknown, yet sold to the masses as the precise opposite: a manifestation of freedom and experiment in experiencing difference.
In a word: contemporary image of homosexuality is a pure inversion, which is quite easy to demonstrate in less than half an hour talk.
The second segment in the series on Cusanus' De Visione Dei, where we delve deeper in his exercise in mystical theology.
In KT series of videos on traditional metaphysics we turn to Nicolas of Cusa and his little theological masterpiece, "De Visione Dei". In this introductory episode we explain how Nicholas sets up the exposition of mystical theology in the form of spiritual exercise which is at its initial stages accessible to everyone.
The notion of "critical thinking" or "using one's own head" is unanimously praised even by those who secretly hate it the most - the adherents of radical critique, that is. Yet, as it is understood today, it barely applies as thinking at all, when juxtaposed against the traditional method of guiding the mind towards the truth.
The main difference lies between the knowledge presupposing positive content and the one that attempts to dissolve any such content. Traditional metaphysics is rooted firmly in the former whereas the later, embodied in the modern metaphysical question of "why is there something and not nothing instead", is entangled in the later.
Finally, we conclude with discussing attempts at creating the "spiritual science" by modern thinkers who believed they can transcend inherent human limitations on the grounds of evolutionary idea, two examples being Hegel and Rudolf Steiner, and futility of such attempts.
When discussing the roots of Communism and of what is called non- or semi-communist Left – which nevertheless keeps some latent causal relation to dialectical materialism – one crucial question usually gets passed over in silence. Namely, is there a single unique ruling principle to this systematical attempt to absorb the world in thought and, if yes, what exactly is it?
Taming the KGB accents one more time, Deirdre hosts another Luminar Podcast with Mihai and me:
"on the way from David Icke to Michel Houellebecq we chat about consciousness, knowledge, ego, the dark night of the soul, smashing the idol of the self, ambition or lack thereof, what is meaningful work, the willing participation of the people in their own control, comparisons between Communism and the European Union, the rush among the masses towards progressiveness and cutting roots, Croatia, Romania and Ireland, the role of intellectuals, James Joyce's depiction of the odyssey in modernity and other writers like him, and finally onto Houellebecq's unscratchable itch."