The Fall of Being

“By detaching the figure from the ground the object could be made to emerge into the daylight of human consciousness; but the sense of the ground recedes, becomes invisible, is forgotten.”

Irrational Man, William Barrett

Advertisements

Reason as an Adversary of Thinking

“Thinking only begins at the point where we have come to know that Reason, glorified for centuries, is the most obstinate adversary of thinking.”

Martin Heidegger

A Will To Meaning

It is our destiny as human beings to pose the question of our own meaning, and through this the meaning of all things. I believe this is the will behind evolution itself: this will to evolution is referential to a will beyond ourselves, and this “beyond ourselves”  is an arena we have barley begun to set foot in. To get there reason must be used to transcend itself.

A Personal Statment

Not just my mind but my whole being turns around this one point: That since the invention of reason we have been living in an artificial world we could control, and that this world, just at this point in our history, has become uninhabitable, and this is why we all fear, collectively, that we are losing our minds. But we are, in fact, simply creating the future.

 

 

Descent into Avernus

“Anyone who would make the descent into the lower regions runs the risk of succumbing to what the primitives call ‘the perils of the soul’- the unknown Titans that lie within, below the surface of ourselves.”

William Barrett Irrational Man 

Eternity Within

Eternity is the motivated energy behind all movement.

The concept of eternity existing outside of space and time seems to be a false one, one that led to the failure of reason itself: if reason truly existed outside of space and time, as Plato wanted, reason would have been able to account for being. Its failure to do so seems to suggest that eternity exists within space and time, as the motivated energy behind all movement.

The Nightmare of Reason

“It was our ordinary human existence- concrete, personal… that [Kierkegaard] saw reason on the point of ingesting into itself.” William Barrett Irrational Man

A nightmarish idea. A nightmare the positivistic  West has still not woken up from…