Re: A Further Contribution.
- "Know thyself as God"--complete motto of ancient Greek mystery
Http://www.near-death.com/jung.html has Carl Jung's account of
conscious understanding of who "I am" after the physical is
unavailable (his conquering of the "last enemy").
Http://www.ananda.org/inspiration/books/ay/39.html has a similar
record of soul-field awareness.
When one finds oneself at the point of Self-realization, Brouwer's
fixed point theorem is germane, especially when bijecting soul-field
awareness as Above, so below, the Above being as the 4-space melding
of two Moebius bands (= Klein's bottle qua Eternality holding
physis), the bijectable below being as the dynamic conjoining of two
circles (= sphere). When such a point of transparent realization of
who I Am is obtained, even as Mosaic (Living) Light Above, Abrahamic
(reflecting, God-Obedient) light below, the transparency of Soul's
soul-field travels, Whitehead-like, Monad-like, through Dyads,
lattices, of personal and interpersonal testings and development,
unto the perfect day of Triadicity (Meaning's fullness), thence
sublimating as resurrection's midnight daily-dying return unto the
great I Am qua individuation (becoming permanent atom of Being in
the Body of God); such instauration henceforth ably in-Forming the
ongoing existence with a degree of Living Light of the Spirit:
Plato's process of hypo-thesis: under-standing the Living Idea,
receiving in-Formation, with Mater-realization accompanying.
Whitehead's process theology: "Let this Mind be in you, which was
also in Christ Jesus."
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Een Enkelte"
>of an editor of an author's production, that editor might draw the
> Dear Kierkegaardians,
> Part I - Developing an understanding
> Part II - The limiting of the self
> Part III - Dialectics
> Part IV - Ideality
> Part V - Transparency
> An impossible editorial preface
> If there were a role within a conversation, corresponding to that
> reader's attention to the fact that this piece is the best accountthis is certainly not to say very much, it is nevertheless to say
> that this author has so far produced. He would add that though
> something. He would consider that, in the author's trying tofulfil his task as an author - to find the means of communicating
with his reader - he had perhaps produced a piece which better
fulfilled the requirements.
>this piece was better compared to a long speech in a dialogue. While
> Nevertheless, there is no such equivalent, and this is only a
> contribution to a conversation.
> Yet, if there were such an editor, who would readily admit that it
> was impossible for him to exist in this role; he might say that
at the same time he would hurry to vouch for it, that the speaker
would never compare himself to that Greek dialectician, but could
only wish to be able to hold him up as an example also to himself.
>Part V - Transparency
>way was his understanding of his own existence? And what if, in
> And what if that understanding which was to be clarified in this
> understanding that he must both ask and answer, he recognises thethat he may include himself in the account?
> need for a dialectical understanding of his own existence; such
>of arriving at the Absolute, such that he is also, by means of it,
> Well, then this clarification will be a clarification of himself.
> And if he should achieve this clarification of his own Ideality
> (here, an Ideality which includes an idea of himself) to the point
able to understand himself and his own existence?
>the subjective point of view) unexplainable.
> Well, then he will have overcome all the other explanations that
> would have produced an understanding that made everything (from
> The clarification will result in this; that he is transparent to
> Very best regards,
> Een Enkelte.
- Dear Een,
I find your "Further Contribution" a very significant contribution to the Kierkegaardians group - it is challenging to me as an individual, and it has given me plenty to think about.
This short note is to ask for clarification with regard to the terms "Ideality" and "the Ideal" which are used in the piece. Here are five sections from your posting where these words are used:
"We interpret (so to speak) experience by means of our ideas, our Ideality."
"The Actual is the infinitely varied, infinitely changing; and its presence in time is therefore infinitely limited, appearing as a point with no extension.
Ideality is the permanent, the fixed, the eternal. Eternity's presence in time is infinitely unlimited, touching time at every point, as completion."
"[The] self in bringing [the] Actual and the Ideal into contact within consciousness (and how else should these two be brought together, except by will, since it is a contradiction that these two should be brought together) posits existence."
"[T]he self will need to clarify with itself, whether it is willing to be a self with such an Ideality."
"The Absolute is, therefore, as far as possible from being a feature of an objective reality; since it is the maximum qualification of the self's inwardness in relation to his Ideality, in subjectivity."
I think these sentences can be read in one of two ways, so I would like you to clarify which way you intend them to be read.
First way: The ideality of an individual just means the current ideas the individual has. Thus if I 'clarify my ideality', I just reflect inwardly on the ideas I currently have, with a view to deciding if they are adequate, or, alternatively, if some or all of them need replacing by better ones.
Second way: The ideality of an individual means the person's ideals, that is his values or standards - the things he aims at. Thus, on this reading, if I 'clarify my ideality' I reflect inwardly on my ideals. This reflection could take one of two forms. I could ask myself: 'Am I matching up to my ideals?'; 'Do I need to try harder?'; 'Do I need to feel guilt and remorse at my failures to live up to my ideals?'. Alternatively, I could ask myself: 'Are my ideals the best set of ideals to have?'; 'Ought I to replace some of my ideals with different ones?'
Thank you in anticipation of your clarificatory remarks.
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