Refusing the enclosures
Can you find truth in the enclosure of your easy conveniences? The allegory of the cave by Plato prompts us to refuse the enclosures. The cave, indeed, symbolizes with great relevance our mental universe, i.e. our 'culture', captive in its 'impassable horizon' according to the expression of Sartre, the big specialist of our modern enclosures.
Remember this underground residence in the shape of a cave. Men are put in chains there since their birth. Solid bonds prevent them from moving and turning the head and obliging them to look only in front of them. The only light comes from a fire lit on a height far behind them. A high road and a small wall pass between fire and cave. On that road carriers of various objects speak or conceal. Their voices reflect in echo…
They are all slaves of the Master of the cave, i.e. of the Speech which functions in the 'impassable horizon' of the cave. It represents the most relevant logic of the cave. It is identified with the clear conscience of the cave. He is a promoter of the consensus in the cave. He makes the law in the cave. He guarantees the euphorias of the cave. He holds the secrecies of the cave. He furnishes the imaginary of the cave. He carries out the lights of the cave. He informs the magicians of the cave. He orchestrates the polyphonies of the cave. He dictates the chronicles of the cave. He guarantees the success of the contests of the cave. He inspires the propagandists of Utopia of the cave…
Imagine that you release one of these prisoners. You will need force to do it. You will make him suffer. He will complain. It is however the price to pay for passing from obscurantism to light. It is still necessary to imagine this man going down again in the cave and sit down in its old place. Will he not have the eyes plugged by darkness while coming abruptly from the full sun? Let us imagine he enters again in competition with the prisoners who did not leave their chains, in the state where its sight is still confused and before its eyes recover. Won't he be an object of ridicule? And thus that it is not even worth trying to go up there! The cave represents our human space with its limits and in its fences. The illusion of an infinite cave obliterates the chances of going outside.
You know the story of the fool looking through a wire fencing and wondering why so many people are locked up on the other side. He didn't distinguish between 'in' and 'out'. And of course it's not always easy. Between 'in' and 'out', between prison and liberty, there is a border-line separating two very different spaces. If this line were straight the two separated spaces could be considerd alternatively as 'in' or 'out'. The slightest curvature is enough to set up the important difference. On each side appears a totally new space with a totally new dynamics.
The shades in the cave are the alibi of 'reality' when there is no more other reality. They reveal and hide at the same time. They testify negatively that light exists, on the condition of seeing beyond. Light is not visible immediately because it dazzles. But it is the (momentarily invisible) reason of the shadows and the reflections.
Thus the reality of the fiction can be more real than the fictional reality! Cavern dwellers are just prisoners of the virtual 'reality' which occupies the essentials of their time. 'Metro, boulot, dodo' (subway, job, bed) as it sounded in 1968. A whole pallet of very 'serious' activities. Contests, games, examinations, promotions, diplomas, medals and so on. Isn't all this important enough to occupy entirely an enclosed illusion? When you lack any reference to the 'other' one can you have the slightest doubt about 'reality'? When the reference to the 'other' dimension is missing, there remains just the 'same' as an absolute.
As long as you don't know anything about what is off limits how can you be sure you know something is true? Verity comes from infinity.
The prophetic word means the irruption of the 'Other' one right in the middle of our existence. The 'Other' comes to explode our enclosures and open them ad infinitum.
|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 DIS-tinction The spirit says no Dialectics||08 Spiritual Breath Breathing Spiritual energy Making sense To signify Sense is through gaping Speech and language Symbol Faith||09 The Sense of Sense The Sense The space of the sense The house of the sense Including and included sense Confinement Master and possessor of sense|
|10 The Reason Science Constituted and constituent Scientific dialectics Bubble Between Structure and sense||11 The Meaning Demiurge of the significances Through To run here and there Mechanism Trough articulation Articulable matter||12 Systems Analysis Systemics The system Systemic operation Energy Tanks|
|13 Oïkology Impossible closing Systemic totality The house of the spirit Ecology We sinned||14 Exodus Spiritual adventure Out of safety measures Out of the cave Logos in exodus||15 Through Difference Difference Starting from difference Crossing the duality A logic of crossing Chance|
|16 Dialectics Going through 'no' Fundamental dynamics Dia-logos The fourth dimension Passover dialectics||17 Alliance Broken Alliance Rupture of the bond The prodigal son Atheism 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 Antithesis Two revolutions Exponents A long gestation Explosiveness||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 Idealism Master and possessor Flirt with nothingness God driven out Without the Father Without recourse Psychosis|
|22 The Other One Arising The other one Exposed To tell the other one||23 Adventurers Components and exponents Adventurers of eschatology Today||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||Autor|