∞ To become human we must discover, together, the actual nature of our living world and the histories and relationships that, from that world, gave birth to our minds.
We are pregnant with modes of intelligence we have never imagined. And all that we sought in heaven or ‘the future’ or space… is explicitly and passionately exceeded by that which, as a species, we ignore: the living libraries of our world, and the organisms and relationships that comprise them. These are, it turns out, extensions of our own bodies… and our minds are the summation vessels of their anciently conserved promise… and prodigy.
∞ Ideas inherit the structured resemblance of the perspectives and approaches, the purposes and presuppositions… that catalyze them. Our nature acquires a similar resemblance to the purposes we invent or sustain. Most of these are as invisible to us as our suppositions. For what do we move our bodies, minds, or hearts? To see into the purposes that underlie our ordinary behavior is a shocking revelation. They are neither as we would suppose, nor as we would allow. Why do we act? What changes when, aware of this domain, we intelligently select and sustain purposes, rather than obeying habits, compulsions, and ‘traditions’?
∞ The ‘subjects’ that are ‘taught’ at schools have had their roots amputated. It is only an accident that I know this, for having long and passionately either adored or abhored them, I was lucky enough to be directly exposed to their sources. During that experience, I realized something that I suspect would have been impossible to see, even though I had experienced its implications in my own passions and objections.
The use and understanding of language was not a skill. It was a philosophical art whose basis was spiritual, natural (as in alike with nature), philosophical… and passionate. In those who could be awakened, history was similar. What lies at the basis of mathematics is so explosively divine, that to teach it without its roots seems nearly an atrocity of abstraction. All of the major subject-classes were arts, and as arts, their roots were in the pursuit of insight, the powers of discovery and vetting, they were … almost unimaginably »alive to our souls, not merely our thinking minds.
I sensed these things but vaguely as a ‘student’, though rarely was I anything like an ordinary student. Some part of me knew, both from experience and imaginal intimacy, that these ‘topics’ were little more than »the artifacted remains of their progenitors. But what I did not realize was that I knew this because the roots of my own mind… alive in me throughout my life… reached directly into other minds, times, places… and ways of knowing. I could not have imagined what it is and has been to be directly exposed to their originary sources and natures.
These ‘subjects’ were not understood abstractly; they were not entirely denotative, as they are for us. In fact, they were surrounded with auras of profound metaphor, divinity, and personal agency. Mathematics does not arise from mere counting, nor is it the art of accounting. It, like language itself… arises from purposes and experiences that, seeming lost to us, are actually the natural ‘way’ of our minds and souls.
It is difficult to imagine a return to something more like our original ways in any public sense, and yet, in private, you will see evidence that, like myself, nearly everyone suspects that ‘something is wrong with the way we teach and learn’. Some people will have retrieved a portion of their own roots, and thus be fascinated with history, mathematics, or philosophy… with language or rhetoric.
There is in our own minds and lives, a living ‘place’ where the originary spirits of these ways of knowing dwell. What they are I cannot say, but that our minds are the standing result of these ancient relationships and their inhibitions and prodigies… I know as my own direct experience. If not in public then in private, I believe we shall retrieve these understandings and relationships. Then history will be history, and mathematics will become a doorway … into another domain of nonordinary sensing and intelligence.
∞ “Imagine a gun that is pointed at one’s own mind and the possibility of human intelligence. It goes off every time anyone touches it, and each iteration is worse. This is the result of giving human children the ability to crudely use language without supplying the insights and root-intelligences that must direct and develop their relationships with it. Its a gun that just keeps going off, faster and more lethally each moment. And the entire history and future of life on Earth takes the bullets. So, too, our own minds, cultures and potentials for intelligence… or humanity.”
— an anonymous informant
∞ There is only one mind. We are each unique localizations of this. Stars in a web. But there is no individual identity. You are not you. You never were. You are a dream the web is living as. And this is exquisite because you were never born and cannot die. What you can… be… is so far beyond all language that you must simply discover it to underStand. Not overstand. That is for persons. Understand. That is for angels. All past lives are yours. So, too, all present and future lives. Uniquely… and completely. The Tibetan teachers did not say nonsense quotations in English. In fact, if you had heard what they ‘said’, it would not have arrived in language at all.
“The European Union must hold the line against Warsaw’s defection from the union’s core values — not just for the sake of liberal democracy in Poland but also for the democratic credentials of the union itself. The project of European integration is under siege from the same forces of nationalism and populism that afflict Poland: Britain is negotiating its exit from the European Union. Anti-immigrant sentiment is testing multiethnic societies across the Continent. A far-right party now sits in the German Parliament; in Austria, another recently joined the governing coalition.
Under these circumstances, the European Union urgently needs to demonstrate to its citizens that it has the wherewithal to stand up for pluralism and the rule of law within its own family. A failure to do so will only undermine the union’s effort to demonstrate that it is a civic community held together by democratic values, not just a distant, unaccountable bureaucracy — exactly what the populists claim.”
“It is well-known that the appointment of superior judges is from amongst persons of mature age with known background and reputation in the legal profession… The collective wisdom of the constitutional functionaries involved in the process of appointing superior judges is expected to ensure that persons of unimpeachable integrity alone are appointed to these high offices and no doubtful persons gain entry. It is, therefore, time that all the constitutional functionaries involved in the process of appointment of superior judges should be fully alive to the serious implications of their constitutional obligation and be zealous in its discharge in order to ensure that no doubtful appointment can be made.”
“Contemporary Iranian attempts to “purify” their language or culture simply remind us of the anthropological axiom that reverting a culture to a past state is difficult or impossible, and instead such attempts often just create something new. To try to convert from New Persian to Middle Persian would not actually be a revolutionary act of turning back the clock, but would rather require the creation of a new configuration of Iranian culture: one in which the history of the mixing of the past millennium of history across Iran, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent has been erased… Rejecting the linguistic reality that contemporary Persianate culture rests upon would make the modern language opaque and inaccessible. Trying to strip modern Persian of its many layers of developments and external linguistic influences is an unnecessary act of self-destruction. Perhaps most stunningly, it is an act of hubris: if the language was good enough for the great masters of Persian poetry, surely it is good enough for us.”
∞ There is, in the ‘between’ of our words, concepts, models and ways of knowing… something alive. A living ‘pattern’ if you will, which connects and envitalizes them all. Though we may suspect, intuit or hope for its existence, few of us will manage to break through the shells of our representational conditioning and taste the original fountain from which our mind and world are born. Yet we are made of its anatomy, our mouth is its own mouth… our eyes its own eyes. What blinds them to their nature? The accidental angle of our relationships with language, knowledge and concept. We begin wrongfooted, and our culture embraces and celebrates … mostly this.
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