Gaping of matter

Gaping can be only the characteristic of the spirit. Matter, indeed, functions by filling up holes. It is true that nothing exists concretely which is not ‘built', from the atom to the most complex form of life, from the burst stone of the prehistoric man to the prowess of the advanced technology, from the first babbling of the language to the more sublime poetic or mystical words. Every thing is articulated, built, structured, destructured, restructured. However human essence emerges through the destruction of constructions. It is not in continuity but in rupture. It arises on the side of the other.

Already doesn't the concept of matter - i.e. ‘matter’ such as recovered and understood by the spirit - aim beyond itself? Materia, mater, this `from what' all is built. But what is finally this `from what’? The matter of a table, for example, it is the wood from which the carpenter `builds' the table. But isn't wood itself already `built'? Which is thus the ‘matter’ of wood? A possible answer: it is `wood fibers'. But which is the matter of these fibers? You have to go back to sciences. The biologist will answer: it’s large cellulose molecules. Which is the matter of cellulose molecules? The chemist will answer: it’s oxygen, hydrogen and carbon atoms. Which is the matter of a carbon atom? The physicist will answer: it’s atomic particles. Which is the matter of the particles? The micro-physician will hesitate. Perhaps will he speak about `grains of energy', of ‘electric charges', `fields', `quanta', `quarks', `particles of charm'… all designations covering formulas of mathematical type. One is finally very far from the ‘matter’ as we can feel it. Perhaps the ‘black hole’ can be paradigm. Already in the simple `matter' is hiding and appearing an astonishing gaping.

The spirit is where it is not. It is not in fullness; it is in vacuum, a vacuum crossing the fullness from end to end. Spirit is gaping. It cannot be defined (latin: de-finire), i.e. you can never encircle it. Can only be encircled what is materially ‘substantial’. ‘What’ spirit is remains always evanescent. Is only left its ‘that’, (that it is), the infinite openness of the act of its sudden appearance.  

The spirit emerges in the gaping of matter. Fortunately nobody never discovered the spirit at the point of a scalpel. The spirit surges up from matter like a negation in the middle of an assertion, like a criticism within consistencies, like a question in the concert of answers, like humour in the midst of seriousness and certainty.

The specific human dimension is not just an ‘ingredient’. It bursts out through a ‘no’. All the naturalisms of the world would like to suppress this scandalous `no' and bring the human reality back into the ‘yes’ to nature and reason. Thus, for example, structuralisms…

The matrix space of specific humanity opens in the gaping of the simple nature. This gaping is not empty. It is rich of something ‘other’. As if a `no' resounded there and protested there. And this protest testifies that such a negativeness is rich with building power. This gaping is carrying out an originating function, negative of what is and founder of what must be. Things are to be denied so that the form can appear. Objects have to be denied so that the function appears. Facts have to be denied so that law can appear.

Such a space is open on an infinity of new possibilities. But this gaping is at the same time organizing. Space is actively `formant', informing, structuring, systemizing. It governs practically and theoretically the specific human realm from its most elementary forms to the most elaborated ones. Starting from a same and single fundamental process, various ways open.



01 Human Paradox
A paradoxal animal
Human paradox
In rupture
An animal in crisis
An animal 'less' (something)
Premature and naked
Child of the difference
Child of elsewhere
02 Verticality
Middle and extremes
Tropism to upwards
Divine instinct
The vertical living
Vertical interiority
The personal mystery
In strict immanence
03 Gaping Depths
Gaping deepness
Child of gaping
Gaping on an other order
Gaping of meaning
Gaping on the questioning
Gaping of matter
Gaping of existence
In vertical gaping
Negative anthropology
04 Sacral Difference
Sacral dimension
The sacral difference
Sacral crisis
The archaeological sacred
Sacral verticality
Hiero-tropic space-time
05 Human Environment
Human space
Closed and open
Curvature of space
Negative space
Space of the sense
Including and included
Between Alpha and Omega
06 The Matrix of Humanity
Child of a culture
Human matrix
Culture and cultures
Master speech
Refusing the enclosures
07 The Spirit
The spiritual reality
How define it?
Going through
The spirit says no
08 Spiritual Breath
Spiritual energy
Making sense
To signify
Sense is through gaping
Speech and language
09 The Sense of Sense
The Sense
The space of the sense
The house of the sense
Including and included sense
Master and possessor of sense
10 The Reason
Constituted and constituent
Scientific dialectics
Structure and sense
11 The Meaning
Demiurge of the significances
To run here and there
Trough articulation
Articulable matter
12 Systems Analysis
The system
Systemic operation
13 Oïkology
Impossible closing
Systemic totality
The house of the spirit
We sinned
14 Exodus
Spiritual adventure
Out of safety measures
Out of the cave
Logos in exodus
15 Through Difference
Starting from difference
Crossing the duality
A logic of crossing
16 Dialectics
Going through 'no'
Fundamental dynamics
The fourth dimension
Passover dialectics
17 Alliance
Broken Alliance
Rupture of the bond
The prodigal son
State of grace
18 History
Emergence of History
Impossible totalizing
Trans-historic verticality
The sense in exodus
Between Alpha and Omega
19 Fertile Confrontation
Singular adventure
Dialectical gestation
Two revolutions
A long gestation
20 Progress
What is progress?
Source of The progress
Exponential acceleration
The tool of progrès
Why it isn't working
Wedged exponential growth
Progressive illusion
21 Schizoid
Tautological speech
Master and possessor
Flirt with nothingness
God driven out
Without the Father
Without recourse
22 The Other One
The other one
To tell the other one
23 Adventurers
Components and exponents
Adventurers of eschatology
24 Through Scandal
Gaping mystery of evil
Trough distance
Congenital evil
Entropy in the human hearth
25 Agape
Gaping of Eros
Captive desire
Eros and Agape
Going down
Defeated entropy
26 God in You
Tropism for Agape
Bottomless bottom
Cleaning the sources
Let you fall
You fall into God