Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Introduction

Epinoumenology is as an oasis for the fractured psyche of the World Mind as it presently constellates. I must, perforce, issue a few caveats to those who would join me in my walk through the Forests of Ideas that presently shape our current world paradigm.

One, I intend to make extensive use of metaphor - which hopefully does justice to Northrup Frye’s careful exposition on the subject: The Motive for Metaphor- to refocus the present conscious expression of what currently manifests as World Mind.

Two, I make a number of assumptions about our Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, Science, Mathematics, Theology, Art and Scientific Technology, building on what I consider to be the texts which have most significantly informed the present expression of World Mind and hoping that many readers will have had a passing acquaintance with their contents.

Three, I am on a mission and am confident that the mountain I have climbed is at least as significant as say Sir Edmund Hilary’s conquest of Mount Everest or the journey of the five Jewish Rabbis that the late literary critic Edmund Wilson referred to in his book on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Keep that in mind as your personal barometer when you judge the efficacy of my presentation.

Four, I consider this to be an attempt to carry The Spear of Destiny without the assist of nefarious Occult Masters that characterised Hitler’s untimely , ill-conceived and ultimately disastrous - for humanity at least - Grail voyage.

Five, I believe that our increasing preoccupation with specialization and technology produces an effect wherein we are looking at the world from increasingly smaller F-Stops and that the required aperture necessary for positive paradigm shift is being stepped down unnecessarily. To elaborate, I offer the following story to demonstrate how difficult it will be to change both the aperture opening and focus. Currently we are behaving like an ancient Peruvian tribe which under the direction of its Shaman used to beat its children whenever there was a solar eclipse, believing that to do so would encourage the sun to return and thus ensure their survival. Eventually an outsider discovered them. Witnessing the ritual he attempted to convince them that the sun still would reappear even if they did not beat their children. Most of the tribe were afraid to break with tradition or as we call it today, the reigning paradigm, for fear that they would anger their god and thus lose the benefit of its life giving light. Undeterred the stranger continued to campaign and finally convinced a few families not to follow the group. True enough the sun came back the following morning. The majority, however, still refused to believe and attributed the result to their overwhelming continuation of the tradition. ( Something like the society dramatised in Shirley Jackson’s one act play, The Lottery.) With each subsequent eclipse more and more of the villagers gave up the tradition and eventually the tribe realized the error of their ways.

We are behaving in exactly the same manner today as we cling to outdated paradigms about the nature of consciousness, not to mention the even larger issues such as how close we are to extinction as a species if we do not redefine the present world paradigm with respect to land, air and water pollution. I argue that at the very least we have a biological imperative ( irrespective of group cosmologies, i.e., Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islamism and Aboriginalism upon which a significant number of us have bet our conscious futures ) to perpetuate the species and extend this experience of consciousness, a consciousness that we have inherited from the Sumerians, The Babylonians, The Greeks, The Romans, The Egyptians, and from whom we have developed our present systems of knowing.

Further, we must apply that knowing to continued explorations of this thing called consciousness, especially as it relates to the continued experience of the noumen as it has been developed through our translations of the Word (Logos) and subsequent applications to our sense of who we are as inhabitants of a planet called Gaia - a planet which our scientists claim is some four and a half billion years in at least one known Universal expression variously reputed to be at least 12 to 16 billion years ahead of us. These numbers, of course, change almost yearly as science continues its dialectic on the topic.

1 comment:

zac said...

Intersting reading. I enjoyed the story of the Peruvian tribe- we continue to "beat" children in educational institutions in the mistaken belief that subjecting them to delivery methods of instruction is good for them in the 21st century...

Regarding: "...larger issues such as how close we are to extinction as a species if we do not redefine the present world paradigm with respect to land, air and water pollution"

Are we the only species in the history of the world (or universe) that has become capable of self-destruction? What would be the point of that from an evolutionary point of view (assuming there is a higher purpose in evolution).

Interestingly, Discovery Channel's recent animation series depicting what life on earth may be like some 20, 50 or 100 million years in the future did not include any human-like life forms.

I cannot help but think of the writings of Nostradamus...